Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cluster cluck

There have been numerous third-party reports regarding Chick-fil-A this week. The memo that they released is tepid at best. Their EEO policy remains:
Chick-fil-A, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment decisions based on any factor protected by federal, state or local law.
While, in theory, that would include LGBT Americans (at least at HQ in Atlanta), it is not exactly welcoming. Nor is it a promotion of diversity. For contrast:
Starbucks Coffee Company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.
Starbucks received a CEI rating of 90 from HRC; CFA received (in Clintonese) ZEE-roh.

As far as I am concerned, Chick-fil-A hung out a
sign saying "gays need not apply."

I really don't give a ratsass about the personal religious beliefs of Dan Cathy, the company's COO. What I do care about is equal opportunity for LGBT citizens. Right now, no gay person in their right mind would even apply to CFA. Thus, they can be in compliance with Atlanta's ordinance without having a single LGBT employee. To make things right, they are going to have to proactively recruit employees from the LGBT community. We require no preferences. We need only to be treated equally and we'll do just fine     thank you very much. A similar effort should involve suppliers and franchisees.

Perhaps they will cease funding anti-gay enterprises through their foundation. However;

Until they treat gay people fairly, we should
find other places to spend our money.
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