updated 5/16/2005 6:47:16 PM ET 2005-05-16T22:47:16

The wrist band craze raising awareness and money for a variety of causes isn't universally popular — and even got a restaurant employee fired.

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But The Claim Jumper restaurant chain has rescinded its controversial ban on the wrist bands for employees, a rule that led to the recent firing of a Nevada City attorney's stepson.

The chain has also decided to donate $10,000 to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which sells the popular "Livestrong" yellow rubber bracelets to raise money to battle cancer.

The restaurant chain said Friday it will now permit its employees to wear one cause-related bracelet per wrist.

Brian McKillip of Rocklin was fired when he refused to follow company policy and remove his "Livestrong" bracelet while tending bar at the Claim Jumper in Roseville. McKillip protested that he wore the bracelet to honor relatives who were victims of cancer.

McKillips's stepfather and cancer survivor George Roberts had threatened to organize a picket of the Claim Jumper.

"This incident has made Claim Jumper aware that there can be very deep and personal emotions behind the bracelets," the chain said in a statement. McKillip "has lost family members to cancer, and his bracelet is an important statement of a cause we share."

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