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Chick-Fil-A Now Firing Women So They Can Stay Home And Make Babies, For Jesus

Make him a sandwichHey hey Chick-fil-A, how many women did you fire for having children at home so they could be “stay home mothers” in blatant disregard for sex-discrimination laws and common decency and humanity on top of all your other pressing PR problems that are totally “neutral” in the culture wars today? Oh, just the one, Brenda Honeycutt of Duluth, Georgia? But maybe like five more? In just one restaurant? Well depending on your judge that may not be enough to show a pattern of willful discrimination, so by all means, carry on!

GLAAD reports on Honeycutt’s gender discrimination suit, wherein Honeycutt points to five other women who were either demoted or terminated and replaced by men; in at least one other case, this happened after the woman became a mother. But here’s the kicker: defendant Jeff Howard apparently told Honeycutt that was why he was firing her. Dude, time for a refresher course from HR.

Anyway, please be sure to pick a better, more legally defensible reason to fire your lady employees next time, Chick-fil-A, like that maybe they did not have big enough jugs.
[GLAAD]

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153 comments

    1. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      Speaking of…how long does anyone think it's going to be before Dan Cathy gets caught while indulging his secret Rent Boy habit like all rightwing anti-gay bigots seem to? I'm going to say…eh, 2 more weeks.

  1. Texan_Bulldog

    Dan Cathy = Dick-Fil-A

    Actually, this infuriates me on so many levels. I bet he also patted her on the head & told her to run along like a good little girl. (And I bet they also denied her unemployment benefits because she got knocked up–ergo HER fault.)

    1. Antispandex

      Yeah, I hear you. I never went to one of these "restaurants" myself, but I am thinking of starting a rumor that Chick-Fil-A is code for anal sex. That should really confuse their "supporters".

    2. MOG2410

      Just trying to "help" her do the right thing. Sounds like the company I worked for in the 70s, took a DOJ suit to get them headed in the right direction.

    1. SorosBot

      Yeah; it's normally very hard to prove discrimination in firing (or hiring or promotions), unless the employer is and idiot and actually up and says that they're firing someone for an illegal reason. The victims are very lucky this supervisor is a moron who admits to being a misogynist pig.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Since Derrick is our resident expert on birds, I am going to assume that his knowledge extends to domesticated fowl such as chickens as well, and I therefore believe everything he says about this.

      1. Generation[redacted]

        Aha, so now we know what gets the upfists. (takes a bow) Thank you, Wonkette. Thank you everyone for the single biggest upfist of my life. So many… You really came together as a community to rally 'round the — er — ummm – Well give yourselves a hand!

  2. SorosBot

    I'm sure Chik-Hate-A is very glad for the recent Supreme Court decision that's made it very hard to achieve class action status in discrimination suits.

    1. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      Yes…I know, that one pissed me off nearly as much as Citizens United. Especially the whole rationale behind it and the offer of satisfaction…now mass discrimination equates to one person suing the employer at a time because the Supreme Court accepted that class action suits can be immediately dismissed for having too many plaintiffs which clogs up the court system, allegedly. Of course we all know that means each woman this fucking evangelical goat-fucking pig fired gets to wage a lonely suit up against the collective power of a major corporation which is totally fair. When is Antonin Scalia going to die by the way?

  3. mavenmaven

    Looks like we've identified Romney's new running mate, Jeff Howard. Ann Romney will be so pleased!

  4. HempDogbane

    But don't stay home all the time. Come by with the kids for some chicken and lemonade !

  5. noodlesalad

    Poor womenfolk, always confronting these tough life choices about how to balance work and home life, family planning, and marriage. Here's a nice fast-food restaurant that's willing and able to make those decisions for you. Isn't that helpful? Now don't you worry your pretty little head. You're fired.

    1. Naked_Bunny

      Nothing helps pay your baby's medical bills like losing what little income you had.

  6. ChernobylSoup

    Didn't the Supreme Court, in the Walmart case, require 100% of female employees to prove female castration, forced impregnation, and daily wolf whistles at over 128 decibels for it to be considered a gender discrimination case?

  7. Maman

    Every time I have been in a Chick-fil-A I couldn't help noticing most of the women that work there are in their 50s and 60s. I thought it was obvious what they were doing.

    1. Guppy

      I've seen a relatively even distribution between the menopausal and the teenaged, but that pretty much describes most fast food joints.

  8. FakaktaSouth

    None of the people who work at the one in the mall food-court here are old enough to be throwing no babies out yet (not even by Alabama standards) but they are ALL distinctly white. White white. It's almost like it's on purpose or something.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        No dark meat to speak of, no. I think my whitey Memaw eats Chicken necks. What's a gizzard?

        1. prommie

          My mom had a fondness for chicken necks too, and okrah and black-eye peas and kale and collards. I suspect those are just as much poor foods as they are black foods.

          A gizzard is a little pouch in the chicken's digestive tract above the stomach in which the chicken keeps little rocks, and uses the rocks to grind its food up. Chickens are WIERD beasts.

          1. FakaktaSouth

            Hell no, not the ones at that place.
            But this is what I thought too, evolution is cool.

          2. FakaktaSouth

            I thought kale was one of the things white people like. Food is so racist.

            And that is not weird or whatever that word is you've made up and insist on repeating to bother me, it is disgusting.

            ALso, this man should have called you. I bet you would have told him this was not a thing to fire someone over, you crazy libtard. And now he needs a lawyer.

          3. prommie

            I wish I had $1,000 for each time I have said "No, you can't fire her for being pregnant/taking maternity leave/refusing to blow you." People make me nuts, I truly am ready to be through with lawyering.

          4. prommie

            I think Kale used to be soul food, but since people started growing fancy kale in pots on their front porch for decoration its become popular amongst the brie-sipping (fucking W) set, though I don't think any of them ever picked the leaves off their ornamental kale to eat.

            I like all greens, mustard greens and dandelion and ramps and whaever all. I have never tried poke-sally, though its all over the place around here.

          5. prommie

            Now you got me going on my latest fucking soapbox topic. Motherfucking food network foodie fucks have been gentrifying all the best budget gourmet delicacies out there, and I am butthurt as all hell over this. Just like when a neighborhood goes white-hipster, next thing you know the rent is too damn high everywhere. I was braising lamb shanks years ago when they were 99 cents a pound, and veal breast and fucking flatiron steak, god help me it cost one-third as much when it was called "chuck blade" (sounds like a porn name!) . Chuck eye is for some reason still available at decent prices, anyway.

          6. FakaktaSouth

            Well, you do not have to worry about my goofy ass challenging you in the Super Market Sweep (I LOVED that game show) I don't have a clue what to do with any of those parts. I can see where people who buy that stuff because they saw Giada do it are annoying, but it's better'n living on PopTarts, I guess.

          7. prommie

            I do have a bit of a thing for Jamie Oliver, I wished I could do this thing where whether in books or whatever media I could teach people home-ec, teach people how to make food that costs so much less than all the processsed prepared shit, is so much healthier, and is so much BETTER. Yeah, bleeding-heart want to actually do something to improve the world liberal me.

          8. YouBetcha

            They've done that shit to my beloved hanger steaks too, which used to be cheap and plentiful.

          9. Nothingisamiss

            So that's why the lamb is more expensive now. I KNEW I remembered it as cheaper. Love me some lamb, love me some kale.

          10. vasty_derp

            Except for the necks, I eat all of those things. I've even grown my own okra in the yard.

            Southern food has a lot of overlap with soul food, for obvious reasons.

          11. BaldarTFlagass

            "I suspect those are just as much poor foods as they are black foods."
            Must be a southern thing to boot. My folks up in Massachusetts were poors, but they ate cheap-ass casseroles and cheap-ass pot roasts and meat loaf full of bread crumbs/green peppers. And jello salads.

          12. prommie

            Someone gave my mom a Betty Crocker cookbook when she married my dad in 1945, and through the 70s she was still working through that book like that Julia and Julia foodie asshole working through Mastering the Art. Pigs in blankets (stuffed cabbage), stuffed peppers, with rice in the meat god knows why I totally hated that, looked like little worms in the hamburger, spaghetti and meatballs, more pork chops than I ever want to see again. The best cookbook is actually the Joy of Cooking, that one tells you how to dress a squirrel and how to smoke meat and make jerky, thats a survivalist manual, Joy of Cooking.

          13. FakaktaSouth

            I would rather participate in the Joy of Standing Around Drinking while Someone Else Does the Cooking.

          14. FakaktaSouth

            Not at this house. BUT ONE DAY DAMMIT I will have a counter upon which I can sit AND drink AND watch someone else do all the damned work.

          15. James Michael Curley

            I saw it the other day and remembered a young Julia Child from PBS in the late 60's in NYC.

            As for Merle Streep I have concluded she is an alien shapshifter which is the only explanation for her ability to be a completely different person in every movie.

          16. prommie

            The book was pretentious twaddle.

            And ya know what? Julia Child was horrible, absolutely talentless, a wretched cook. What you have their on PBS was that old thing, you know, where if you were born to the right WASPy families from Connecticut and go to the right school, well, then you could just coast regardless of any actual skill or competence, and you could wind up running the CIA or even as President, or, if you went in a different direction, you could get a cooking show on PBS, because, you know, the Old Boys do respect the idea of The Legacy.

          17. FakaktaSouth

            And now you have hurt my feelings beyond repair and I don't know if I will ever get over it. Julia Child is my hero. I don't know when you ever ate anything she has made to make such a hideous claim, BUT the lady did NOT start to LEARN to cook until she was 38 years old and as I am an older than that person with no skills, I am very inspired by a person who became the most famous of all cooking people AFTER she was what most men would deem WORTHY of being considered ANYthing as a female. Plus her husband was so so sweet to her and loved her so much, you just hush. I am pouting now.

          18. Advn2rgirl

            Not only that, but she was a bad-assed spy in WWII. I love Julia and her husband was just the sweetest thing to her. I pout along with you. <Huff>

          19. MittBorg

            You do know that her husband was gay, right? At least he was rumoured to be, and from all descriptions of their life together, if he wasn't, he was the next closest thing.

          20. Chet Kincaid

            Well, I didn't read the book, but Julia Child wouldn't even acknowledge it/the author's existence, because there was cussin' in it, so how "pretentious"? And Julia Child was born in California. Also, my wife has made a couple tasty things from her books.

          21. MittBorg

            Prommie. Bad bad prommie.

            A lot of things to be said about Julia, many of them negative, but she did teach Americans how to cook, French style. Her techniques are classic. Problem (for me, and probly you) is, classic is no longer in, people are eating less cream and butter and fat and nobody wants to spend three days larding a joint, roasting it, then deglazing and defatting to make the sauce. But you can't go wrong cooking from her book.

          22. FakaktaSouth

            Um, what? Is that a fancy real-way of saying chitlins? I don't know what those are for sure either, I think they are like innerds?

          23. prommie

            Try to think of them as if they were like fried calamari. What was inside those calamari tubes ain't no worse than whats in the intestines.

    1. SorosBot

      I'm sure their rumored practice of only selling franchises to fundamentalist Christians has nothing to do with this.

  9. OurHoboSenator

    I think I went to Chick-Fil-A once, in like 1987. And I don't even eat meat anymore. But I kind of want to start eating chicken again just so I can ACTIVELY boycott these assholes, instead of doing by default like I have for the past 25 years.

    Of course, for every fried chicken and pickle sandwich I don't eat, Mike Huckabee and Senator Frothy and Snow Snooki are going to eat three. But at least maybe it will wipe them out sooner.

    1. Generation[redacted]

      Have you seen the fatties on their side? You can't win a fried food boycott. They can out-eat us all day long.

    2. FNMA

      Sooner than later. Those chicken sandwiches have 16 grams of fat and 1,300mg of sodium. Surprised you just don't start bleeding from the eyeballs after eating one.

  10. Not_So_Much

    Probably still a better reason than why Spermin' Herman Cain fires the ladies who aren't "performing" to his expectations.

  11. Callyson

    I did not know that Chick – fil – A's managers were such fans of John Waters.

    "Eggs! Eggs!"

  12. SayItWithWookies

    He fired her so she could be a stay-at-home mom and she didn't even have the decency to thank him? Hell, consider the lilies of the field, woman — Solomon was not clad in such raiment, yet something something and won't the LORD do the same for you? I mean, if you can live on dirt, sunlight and water, that is.

  13. BaldarTFlagass

    I'm quite proud to say that in all my years, even working at my mom's stores in several malls, I have never ever once eaten at Chick Fil A. It goes along with a lifetime of avoiding patronizing businesses that toot their religious horns.

    1. Advn2rgirl

      You know, I don't object to them being fundie. I respect people with the courage of their convictions to forego profit for working on the Sabbath and who want to serve God by dishing up yummy food. They have a great program providing scholarships to send their workers on to college. I object to them being @ssholes, however, and making life even harder for gays and working mothers. Delicious as that chicken club is, you can't be mean to my sister-in-law and expect my money.

  14. edgydrifter

    I really feel for the poor execs at Chick-Fil-A. I mean, cooking is women's work, right? But everyone agrees women shouldn't be seen in public. They should be tending to the home, as is proper. So how do you run a restaurant then? Robots and eunuchs, I guess, but those are expensive and hard to come by, respectively.

  15. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Women can't work in restaurants because they have periods and are unclean once a month. It's in the bible. Also, we be bitches with the PMS.

  16. SorosBot

    See, first you tell the women that they can use contraception even if it goes against their employers' wishes, then they start getting all uppity and think they can decide for themselves whether to work after having a baby.

  17. Antispandex

    "But here’s the kicker: defendant Jeff Howard apparently told Honeycutt that was why he was firing her. Dude, time for a refresher course from HR."

    Dude! Worst pick-up strategy EVER! They're already married, pal! And everyone knows christian womens aren't allowed to divorce, so you're wasting your time. Try Burning Man, or maybe one of those hippy concerts.

  18. RadioBowels

    What's even funnier about this place is that they don't have any onions. Srsly, WTF? How do you cook without onions? Onions are gay, who knew?

    1. vasty_derp

      They're strictly fashion accessories with this set. You should tie one to your belt also- you'll make interesting new friends.

    2. viennawoods13

      Dear lord. Almost every meal prep in my house begins with a thinly sliced onion sauteed in olive oil in my cast-iron pan

      1. Advn2rgirl

        Well there ya go! "A woman always has half an onion left over, no matter what the size of the onion, the dish or the woman." -The Gospel According to Terry Pratchett

        No women; no onions: no problem!

  19. BaldarTFlagass

    Fuck Chick Fil A. Ain't gonna git no red beans and rice at that ofay motherfucker. Popeye's rules.

  20. IncenseDebate

    Q. Why did that Chick cross the restaurant?

    A. To get to the door after she was fired by management.

  21. prommie

    Eat More Shit, Chick-Fil-A.

    Can I trademark this? Becky, start selling Wonkette T-shirts, I'll be reasonable on the royalty.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Nah, the blahs all work at Popeye's, Church's, and KFC. Chick-Fil-A is the WHITE Castle of chicken joints.

  22. Billmatic

    Typical liberal shit smear campaign, you just want this business to fail because you don't agree with their ethics! Help! Help! I'm being oppressed!

  23. BarackMyWorld

    Rebecca, how would YOU know about women getting fired for not having big enough juggs?

  24. Typodong3

    Im pretty sure the Juggs size issue was mentioned in the Old Testament..

    Ecclesiastes?

    More probably… Lamentations?

      1. Typodong3

        Ezekiel 1:4?

        "I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north — an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. Lo they were extreme hotties, and their Juggs were at least 34DD…"

  25. Jus_Wonderin

    There is a helluva lot of shit that would be cleared up if we just had one simple Alien invasion. Amirite?

  26. MissTaken

    See ladies! If she just offered her boss a well-timed bj this would never have been an issue.

    The More You Know!

  27. BoatOfVelociraptors

    Congratulations! You've spent 9 months vomiting, carrying about with a few more pounds of 'mouth to feed' until you finally got to squirt it out of your vagina. Now that this new soul is literally suckling at your teat, Chick-Fila-A realizes the one thing a stay at home mom no longer needs is money to pay for the home and child.

    Chick-Fil-A is a pro life corporation.

  28. MacRaith

    Back in my mom's day, it was simply expected at many businesses that a woman who got pregnant would immediately resign. In the place where my mom worked, it was expected that a woman would resign upon getting married – which my mom did, turning in her notice two weeks before her wedding, because it was the 1950s. Management would lean pretty hard on any woman who didn't. And let's not even get into what would happen to an unmarried woman who got pregnant.

    The point of the above paragraph is that it's not the 1950s any more. It's been sixty years, guys. Time to move on already.

  29. Redhead

    Defense: "I'm sorry you got offended, but I was JUST JOKING! You should know not to take what I say seriously!*"

    *Comment IS actually intended to be an accurate representation of what a local politician said to female employees mad that he had said the government body should no longer hire women so employees wouldn't take any more maternity leave.

  30. CommieLibunatic

    Nice job with both that HR PR and plasma filter in the top pic's background. Must've taken 100 seconds in GIMP.

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