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Comment: Is it true that the Crackel Barrell corporation is collectively
homophobic? I was told the story of an older lady who worked there for 30
years and was to enjoy the retirement benefits of a pension and whatnot.
However, they discovered she was a lesbian and thus decided to cut off all
her benefits.

Is there any validity to this?

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Yes, there is some validity to this. although I can't verify the specific example mentioned here.

Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has fired several employees, mostly store managers and servers, because of the employees sexual orientation.

For some time, the gay community was being asked to boycott Cracker Barrel.

I couldn't find any specific on line resources, but there were some stories on the HRC (Human Rights Campain) web site that made reference to Cracker Barrel and their anti-gay employment practices.

www.hrc.org

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From http://www.hrc.org/newsreleases/1998/981007crackerb.asp

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Cracker Barrel drew national attention in 1991 when it instituted a company policy to fire gay employees. Under this policy, at least 11 workers were fired. When a Cracker Barrel restaurant in a suburb of Atlanta fired cook Cheryl Summerville in 1991, her supervisor wrote on the termination slip that she was fired expressly and solely because she was gay.

Cracker Barrel has never fully repudiated this policy, which was once described as a "well intentioned over-reaction to the perceived values of our customers." The fired workers were never rehired or offered compensation, Birch noted.

That's pretty sickening if the website is accurate. If this is the case, I won't be eating there again.
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I guess the "Cracker" in the name has an additional meaning.
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Ever been to a Cracker Barrell restaurant? It's not that much of a hardship for the gay-community to boycott it. Not like say boycotting Papa Gino's.

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