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Fired Georgia Chick-fil-A Employee Sues After Repeatedly Being Told to be a 'Stay Home Mom'

Fired Georgia Chick-fil-A Employee Sues After Repeatedly Being Told to be a 'Stay Home Mom'

Last week Chick-fil-A’s president Dan Cathy said he openly opposes same-sex marriage, sparking a firestorm in response both for and against the company. Now, the fast-food chain is facing a gender discrimination lawsuit, according to a release from GLAAD. Former Chick-fil-A employee Brenda Honeycutt is suing the company for gender discrimination, alleging that owner and operator of Duluth, Georgia’s Chick-fil-As, Jeff Howard, fired her so that she could be a “stay home mother” despite her “satisfactory-to-above-satisfactory employment history with the company.

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Last week Chick-fil-A’s president Dan Cathy said he openly opposes same-sex marriage, sparking a firestorm in response both for and against the company. Now, the fast-food chain is facing a gender discrimination lawsuit, according to a release from GLAAD.

Former Chick-fil-A employee Brenda Honeycutt is suing the company for gender discrimination, alleging that owner and operator of  Duluth, Georgia’s Chick-fil-As, Jeff Howard, fired her so that she could be a “stay home mother” despite her “satisfactory-to-above-satisfactory employment history with the company.

"During the Plaintiff’s employment,  Defendant  Howard routinely  made comments to the Plaintiff  suggesting  that as a  mother she should stay home with her children," the lawsuit states. 

Honeycutt’s termination from the company came after a meeting, at which she was not present, between Howard and restaurant management, according to GLAAD. She was replaced by a male employee. According to the lawsuit, Honeycutt’s case was another incident in a pattern of discrimination against other female employees who were all replaced by men in Northern Georgia’s Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Read the details of the lawsuit here. 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.