A viral Facebook post shared over 9,300 times claims the restaurant chain Olive Garden prohibits its employees from wearing face masks depicting the American flag.
There is no evidence Olive Garden banned its employees from wearing American flag masks. A spokesperson for its parent company confirmed that the claim is inaccurate.
In recent months, rumors of companies banning American flag apparel have circulated online. This particular Facebook post claims that while the Italian-themed restaurant chain allows employees to wear masks showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, it prohibits them from donning those with American flags.
“I find it odd that Olive Garden employees are allowed to wear BLM mask but NOT the American flag,” reads the post. “I’m done spending my money there!!!” (RELATED: Is Olive Garden Funding Trump’s Re-election Campaign?)
But Check Your Fact didn’t find any credible media reports about Olive Garden banning its employees from wearing masks depicting the American flag. A search of Olive Garden’s website also turned up no announcement of a rule to that effect. Meagan Bernstein, a spokesperson for parent company Darden Restaurants, told Check Your Fact via email that “team members may