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Chick-Fil-A Sued For Firing Woman So She Could Be A ‘Stay Home’ Mom

by David Badash on July 26, 2012

in Civil Rights,Discrimination,Legal Issues,News

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Brenda Honeycutt, who used to work for Chick-Fil-A, is suing her former employer because according to court documents, her supervisor, Jeff Howard, who owns the Duluth, Georgia Chick-Fil-A restaurant, fired her because he wanted her to be a “stay home mother.” To make matters worse, Howard replaced Honeycutt, who is suing for wrongful termination, with a male employee. Court documents also state that Brenda Honeycutt got performance evaluations of “satisfactory” or “above satisfactory.”

Claims from the court document filed by Honeycutt’s attorney include:

“On or about June 27, 2011, Defendant Howard told Barbara Honeycutt that she was being terminated so she could be a stay home mother.”

“Howard routinely made comments to the Plaintiff suggesting that as a mother she should stay home with her children.”


“The Defendant has engaged in a pattern of gender discrimination against female employees.”

The court filing also lists others that the Chick-Fil-A owner told he had terminated so she could be a stay home mother, and shows a pattern of women with children being demoted.

GLAAD, who first published news of the lawsuit, notes:

This comes after last week’s statements by Chick-Fil-A’s Chief of Operations, Dan Cathy, in which he openly declared that he does not support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples – now the company has taken one further step of being out of touch with American values. In light of this statement, a number of individuals and groups have taken action against the company, notably the mayors of Chicago and Boston, a Philadelphia city councilmember, as well as youth from the Orange County, CA-based group Youth for Empowered Action (YETA), who are working with GLAAD.

Related:

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Chick-Fil-A President: Same-Sex Marriage Is ‘Twisted Up Kind Of Stuff’

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated Brenda Honeycutt was pregnant when she was fired. She was not.

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dvelco July 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

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gigabiting July 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

The public outrage is long overdue.
Chick-fil-A has never made a secret of the bigotry and intolerance of its conservative corporate ethos. The company has openly (and sometimes illegally) factored a potential employee’s marital status and civic and church involvement in its hiring process, and gives millions of dollars in contributions to pretty much any organization that works to defeat gay marriage. http://gigabiting.com/those-arent-fries-on-chick-

lorimakes July 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

While I abhor CFA's stand on equal marriage rights, I can understand the crazy from religion thing. Especially since it's an ongoing battle. They're wrong and will be on the wrong side in the end but ok, some christians are real nutjobs. But this blatantly illegal firing is really over the top. I hope they get nailed to the wall for this one.

Serenifly July 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm

You could probably make a class action lawsuit over the way they treat their employees and discriminate against them based on religion. This is just the tip of the iceberg from what little I've read over their hiring practices. Especially when it gets to management positions, the demands to conform with their narrow religious doctrine is overwhelming. They also run extensive "background checks" on some of their employees' families to make sure they are the right "Christian" image.

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