I Know Chick-fil-A is Homophobic, But Is It Sexist, Too?

July 27, 2012 4:54 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
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Chick-fil-a comes under fire for anti-gay remarks. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Chick-fil-A is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week that they deserve. Late last week, Chick-fil-A's CEO and guy-who-shot-J.R. Dan Cathy announced to America that the cows in his company's iconic advertisements aren't just picketing for us to "eat more chik'n," they want us to swallow outdated biblical values, too. By way of expressing his support for traditional, biblical marriage, he's generated an immense amount of bad press for his deep-fried mediocrities and tons of celebrity and political ill-will aimed at his company.

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In specific, the Jim Henson Company won't have anything to do with the company anymore and at least two major cities are openly boycotting the fast food chain. On top of that, the company has garnered the support of two conservative and moronic politicians who couldn't even win a primary. Adding insult to injury, Chick-fil-A announced that Donald Perry, the company's VP of Public Relations, died on Friday afternoon after distancing his company from Dan Cathy's words and fighting to maintain that the company would respect human beings from all walks of life.

Unfortunately for Perry's memory, it looks like the company can't walk that walk. As of today, they can add a gender discrimination accusation to the list of flies in their ointment. Brenda Honeycutt, a former employee of a Chick-fil-A venue in Georgia, is suing the restaurant for wrongful termination under the basis of gender discrimination.

The lawsuit maintains that Jeff Howard, the owner and operator of the Duluth Chick-fil-A at which she worked, fired Honeycutt so she could be a "stay home mother." According to the lawsuit, the owner held meetings carefully planned to ensure Honeycutt would not be present and then eventually replaced her with a male employee. Her termination, she alleges, is part of a long tradition of gender discrimination against female employees at the Duluth establishment.

Just before she was terminated, her performance reports stated that Honeycutt had been coming in at "satisfactory-to-above-satisfactory." Chick-fil-A has not yet issues a public statement about these allegations.

More on this story as it develops.



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