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 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.
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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