ICYMI: KFC Gained a PR Win in the LGBT Community

Take a bow, KFC. You got this one.

We know, right?!

Kentucky Fried Chicken has dealt with many PR fiascos, much to the Colonel’s chagrin. From the ill-mannered treatment of chickens to the ill-prepared manner of how they are served, KFC has spent a fair amount of time in conference rooms with PR agencies.

So, in the spirit of public relations love, let’s all applaud as KFC finally gets a #PRWin. And it’s for defending the LGBT community! Emphasis on the ‘T’.

The story begins in Richmond, Va., where Georgia Carter, 27, was fired within one hour of being hired at her local KFC. You see, Georgia is transgender and didn’t place that on her job application.

“Me and my supervisor think that’s a problem. We don’t know what bathroom you could use,” the manager said before immediately hanging up the phone, according to Carter.

Addressed as ‘George’ by the manager, this became one of the shortest tenures in history because of Georgia’s identity.

Equality Virginia has been fighting to add LGBTQs to the state’s policy, and said they were disappointed, but not surprised, to hear about Carter’s situation.

“Unfortunately, because it is still legal in Virginia to fire or not hire someone based upon their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, Ms. Carter’s unfair treatment is a familiar situation,” said James Parrish, Executive Director of Equality Virginia.

And so, KFC heard about this drama and took a different stand — head-on. Remember when they did this in lieu of the Supreme Court ruling last year?

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And now their applause-worthy statement to back that up:

“KFC’s policy is to treat everyone fairly, equally and with respect, and we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. Upon learning of this allegation, the franchisee who owns this Richmond restaurant conducted an immediate and thorough investigation. The manager has been terminated for violating the franchisee’s anti-discrimination policy, which is inclusive of gender identity and sexual orientation. The franchisee’s leadership has also had a conversation with Ms. Carter, offering her employment at this restaurant or any of their Richmond area KFC restaurants, effective immediately. Additionally, the franchisee is emphasizing sensitivity and compliance with their policies to keep this from happening again.”

Take a bow, KFC. You got this one.

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