Says the suit, “These comparators do not identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. It is clear that Plaintiff [was] treated less favorably due to her sexual orientation, supporting an inference of discrimination.”
In a statement to ChurchLeaders, franchisee IJE Hospitality said:
IJE Hospitality has vigorous policies and procedures to prohibit harassment, discrimination, and retaliation and does not discriminate or harass, or tolerate discrimination or harassment, on the basis of any protected characteristic, including sex or gender identity. IJE Hospitality is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace that is welcoming, inclusive, and values all people. IJE Hospitality will continue to defend against these claims in court.
Chick-fil-A has ranked as Americans’ favorite restaurant for eight straight years. The company has faced criticism in the past both for being anti-LGBTQ and for actions some believe CFA has taken to distance itself from that criticism.
ChurchLeaders has reached out to Taylor’s attorneys and to Chick-fil-A for comment and will update this article in the event of a reply.
This article has been updated with a statement from IJE Hospitality.