The management of the Pleasant Hills Panera in the southern suburbs of Pittsburgh has caused an unnecessary ruckus by attacking a worker for having the wrong faith. As the Hemant Mehta noted in his Friendly Atheist blog, Tammy McCoy was fired for not believing in the right god.
According to a federal lawsuit just filed against the company, she was taking a break during a shift last May along with General Manager Lori Dubs and Assistant General Manager Kerrie Ann Show (spelled “Kerri” in the lawsuit) when the latter asked her about her faith. McCoy answered honestly. Things went downhill from there. Show made a face and immediately said, “You’re going to hell.” Dubs, standing nearby, vigorously nodded her head in agreement…
A couple of days later, on or about June 2, 2020, the plaintiff asked Show when the work schedule would be posted. Show told the plaintiff, “Your hours are being cut until you find God.” She reiterated that the plaintiff needed to “find God” before she would return the plaintiff to her previous schedule. […] By July, she was told to put in her resignation notice. When she asked her manager why, the response from Dubs was, “I don’t like you.” Then McCoy was fired. Oh, and by the way, her husband who worked at the same location was also fired… even though he had nothing to do with any of this.
It is an outrageous intrusion into a person’s right to believe or not believe as they see fit. It makes one wonder what other religious views are required to work in the “Unpleasant Hills“ Panera. Let’s hope that the courts do what is right. It would also be proper for the Panera Corporation to speak about the need to remain neutral in the religious views of its workers.