In a recent lawsuit filed against the owner of a franchise in Duluth, GA as well as against the parent company of Chick-Fil-A is but the latest strike against the troubled fast food chain, as new allegations of gender discrimination have come to light.
Within the court briefing, it is revealed that Brenda Honeycutt, the store’s General Manager with 21 years of service under her belt, found herself frozen out of management meetings and eventually replaced in that role with a male hired by her store’s owner, Jeff Howard, earlier this year. This came after 5 other female employees found themselves demoted or terminated in the past year despite high performance metrics. The owner allegedly made it clear to Ms Honeycutt as well as others that the termination was a move designed to force Ms Honeycutt into a role as a stay-at-home mother.
This new twist in the Chick-Fil-A story comes at the worst time possible for the company. Coming just after Chick-Fil-A’s owner and COO, Dan Cathy created a storm of controversy by his statements, it adds more pressure for change as the company swings its sword against the rising tide. Yet, despite their claims of biblical morality, they still continue to serve homosexual poultry to their customers as well as offer clear violations of biblical law. Research has found that those most willing to scapegoat others can easily have such sentiments apply elsewhere as well.
By ruining the career of a 21 year veteran with blatant discrimination, the entire franchise finds itself now in very hot water indeed.