FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 19, 2012ALDERMAN MORENO, CHICK-FIL-A AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS AGENDAFIND A WAY TO MOVE FORWARD
This fight was never about “freedom of speech” or “freedom of
beliefs.” Despite common
characterization, this fight was about ensuring the right of LGBT citizens everywhere to fair employment.
This fight was about providing LGBT citizens with a workplace that doesn’t discriminate against them
based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. This fight was about upholding and protecting basiccivil liberties. This fight was about justice.
Prior to today, Chick-fil-A had a poor record when it came to acknowledging equal rights for all of ourcitizens, regardless of their sexual orientation. Prior to today, Chick-fil-A funneled money to groupsassociated with anti-LGBT agendas. Prior to today, Chick-fil-
A felt it was “not necessary” to formally
address their policies towards the LGBT community. But today, we have a new path: For the first time,Chick-fil-A has changed their practices and promised the workplace protections that all of our citizensdeserve. Instead of being a company that openly promotes discrimination, Chick-fil-A has vowed tomove forward.
This is a win for the LGBT community. This is a win for everyone who works for the cause of equal rights,and a win for Chick- fil-A. This is a win for all.
Last week, I met with Chick-fil-A executives for the second time this month. These meetings cap 10months of negotiations with the company over concerns about fair and equal hiring and servingpractices within the company. Before now, Chick-fil-A had no formal message as it related to the fairtreatment of all citizens in our great democracy. Now, for the fir
st time in the company’s history, Chick
-fil-A provided an official company document, which clarifies their new policies to ensure equality atChick-fil-A facilities.
Due to the LGBT community’s dissatisfaction with the company’s lack of
fair and equal policies towardspeople of all sexual orientations, the company today has put into writing, for the first time, that its
employees are to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect
-- regardless of their beliefs, race,
creed, sexual orientation and gender…our intent is not to engage in political or social debates.” This
statement was placed into an officia
l company document called “Chick
A: Who We Are.”
For the first time, Chick-fil-A has provided a way to ensure that their employees know that