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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