Chicago alderman Joe Moreno: Chick-fil-A discrimination ‘disturbing’

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 23:09 EDT
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Chicago alderman Joe Moreno said Wednesday that the fast food chain Chick-fil-A had a “disturbing” history of discrimination.

During an interview with the Baptist Press, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy insisted the company was “guilty as charged” when it came to supporting anti-gay groups, sparking outrage in the LGBT community.

Moreno recently blocked Chick-fil-A’s effort to build a second restaurant in his Chicago ward, saying that “zoning is not a right.” But on MSNBC, the alderman insisted his decision wasn’t purely based on Cathy’s personal beliefs.

“Cathy also was asked if he would hire a gay individual,” Moreno explained. “He paused for a long while and then said, ‘Well, it depends on the circumstances.’ I want clarity.”

“It’s my responsibility to have responsible businesses and part of the businesses responsibility is not have discriminatory policies,” he added.

Moreno said Chick-fil-A had been sued 19 times for discriminating against minority groups.

“Currently there’s a case on the books where a woman has sued the company because the manager told her she was fired because she should stay home and cook and not cook at Chick-fil-A. These things are disturbing. I’m not saying the CEO has to say what I believe in.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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