An American Woman: Chick-fil-A Would Not Hire Me Because I Did Not Belong to a Church


here in Canada it is illegal to for interviewers to ask potential employees about their religious affiliation and what church they attend.



In 1980, at the age of 16, Jean Sipes went down to the local Chick-fil-A in Tallahassee, Florida and filled out a job application. After submitting it, the manager came out to interview her. He began by asking standard employment-related questions — but then he suddenly veered off on a peculiar and intrusive detour.

Staring intently at the ‘Activities/Hobbies’ section of the application, he said that he noticed Jean had left that portion blank. He then inquired whether she belonged to a local church.

Jean responded truthfully, telling him that she did not attend a church. The manager then asked if she belonged to any church-affiliated youth groups or organizations. Again, she told him that she did not. According to Jean, the manager judgmentally replied, “you seem like a nice young lady and you have experience, but I can’t hire you because you are not affiliated with a church or church organization.”

Since this day, Jean has not eaten at Chick-Fil-A.

“Now, all these years later I see that they are still discriminating against others based on their religious beliefs,” Jean said. “It still angers me today and concerns me to see this happening to others.”