Recently, social media outlets have been teeming with news about the fast food chain Chick-Fil-A and its founder Dan Cathy’s remarks about the way his company is run. According to Cathy, Chick-Fil-A operates using Christian beliefs which include closing on Sundays, and supporting the belief that traditional marriage is the only way to go.
Of course, it’s that last bit that has sparked some controversy in the world. Some claim that statement is derogatory towards the gay and lesbian community. Others see no fault in it. It has caused such an uproar that on August 1st, Chick-Fil-A stores across the US had a customer appreciation day that boasted the right to free speech as the reason for having the day.
Some stores had lines out the door of people waiting to get their Chick-Fil-A products and show their support of Chick-Fil-A’s honest views. Some stores also had lines outside the stores, but these lines were of people protesting Chick-Fil-A and all it stands for.
Workers at Chick-Fil-A must be having a hard time going to work these days. August 1st was probably one of those days that it might have been a good day to call in sick if you didn’t want to be a part of the controversy. The hostility surrounding the protests and the arguments between supporters and protesters was probably enough to keep some workers home that day.
Whether you own a Chick-Fil-A or some other business, your business is important to you. Make sure you have safety measures in place to deal with possible protests. Keep your workers safe at all costs. Don’t let them feel threatened when coming to work or you could lose some trusted employees. If you are unfamiliar with how to deal with protestors, talk with your insurance agent to get some safety tips.