Chick-Fil-A is not the first restaurant chain to take aim at the Confederate flag, but it’s the first to try and get away with it.
The chain announced it would be removing the Confederate emblem from its menu on Thursday, but the move comes as the country’s largest restaurant chain is embroiled in controversy over its handling of an alleged hate crime against a black employee.
In the wake of the recent racially motivated attack on a black pastor in Mississippi, which took place at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2016, several major corporations and restaurants have said they would not carry Chick- fil-A’s Confederate flag.
In fact, many other major companies have come out against the chain’s Confederate heritage, as have major corporations in the U.S. and abroad.
But in addition to its own policy of not supporting the Confederate symbols, Chick- Fil-A has a history of not allowing black employees to work in its restaurants.
A’s stance on the flag came after an employee of the chain was fired after she complained about the company’s policy of hiring black employees.
That employee, Marissa Johnson, was fired for her complaints after being fired for making a complaint about the policy.
In an interview with Business Insider, Johnson said that when she was hired at Chick-FIL-A in 2012, she was “really nervous about it,” and was asked to wear a shirt that said “I’m black, I don’t know what to wear,” which she was uncomfortable with.
Johnson said she felt she needed to work with the company to get the situation resolved, and that she ended up having a meeting with CEO Dan Cathy in 2016 to resolve the matter.
Chad Griffin, a spokesperson for Chick-FAA, told Business Insider that the chain “does not tolerate discrimination against anyone,” and said the company has a “zero tolerance policy for hate crimes.”
In a statement, the company said it would take “appropriate action” if there is a “flagrant and systemic pattern or practice of discrimination or retaliation.”
“Chickfil- A A decision to not allow black employees in its restaurant will be taken into consideration,” the statement said.
“The company has had a long history of working to create an inclusive and welcoming environment, and our team continues to work to build that experience into our restaurant experience.
Chickfil-As decision to make such a change does not represent our company or the beliefs of our owners.
We will do our part to ensure that all employees feel welcome at Chickfil A.”