DUNWOODY, Ga. — A former Chick-fil-A employee is speaking out, and says that the fast food chain “is a safe place for people to go in and hate, and they expect to get patted on the back for it.”
In an interview with WGCL-TV in Atlanta, Steve Cammett of Dunwoody, Ga., who said he worked at a Chick-fil-A restaurant and at its corporate headquarters over the past nine years, said he was orginally “a Chick-fil-A enthusiast.”
“We don’t have enough time to go over all the things I liked about Chick-fil-A,” he said, but that his attitude about his former employer changed in August when he resigned in protest over the company president’s anti-gay messaging.
“I felt hurt by those statements,” said Cammett, 60. His late sister, Carol, was a lesbian.
Cammett said that he couldn’t continue to work at Chick-fil-A because he would be disrespecting his late sister’s memory.
“Chick-fil-A allowed a mindset to continue, especially amongst their customers that seemed to think that Chick-fil-A didn’t like homosexuals,” he said.
In July, Chick-fil-A came under fire when its president, Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged” of supporting anti-gay groups.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives,” he said at the time.
Chick-fil-A, based in College Park, Ga., donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay organizations in both 2009 and 2010 through its charitable arm, the WinShape foundation, founded by the fast-food chain’s founder Truett Cathy and his family.
“I want Dan Cathy to make a public statement that said that Chick-fil-A, their leadership team and the Cathy family love all of God’s children including gay and divorced children,” Cammett told WGCL-TV.
Chick-fil-A has not responded to various media requests for a comment.
On its website, the company states that “the Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”