Publix, Where Being Gay Is No Pleasure

  • metta

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    Dec 23, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    Publix, Where Being Gay Is No Pleasure

    "Hart points to Publix's zero rating on the HRC's Corporate Equality Index to back up his claim that the supermarket chain — Florida's second largest private employer, with 160,000 on the payroll — is behind the times."

    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2013-12-26/news/publix-gay-rights/


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    Dec 23, 2013 11:03 PM GMT
    But they have the BEST holiday commercials, though! ((cries))

    I love Publix. But I had grown to love Chik-fil-A, too, and they got crapcanned with the quickness. The minute anybody from Publix opens their yap like CFA does to get all Buybull-y on us, I'm outta there.

    Regarding their employer practices, I think they will flip with continued pressure from groups like Equality Florida. They have already had to cough up loads of cash in suits for racial and gender discrimination, back around the turn of the century.

    Their only shield right know is "But, but, we only have markets in Hatersvilles!" (FL, GA, SC, NC, TN, AL) It is notable, though, that many of their markets are now in Florida and Georgia urban areas where at least the central cities (only Atlanta in Georgia, sadly) have some sort of LGBT nondiscrimination policy on the books to help employees. Not enough of them, though.

    Not being publicly-traded (stock is employee-owned) allows them to remain fairly insular as well.
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    Dec 23, 2013 11:42 PM GMT
    If I recall, the founder is a big supporter of Salvation Army. They do otherwise have a good reputation with their employees. And I've never known them to be explicitly antigay in a chicken sammich way. I think they'll come around eventually.

    They're listed #77 on Fortune Mags 100 best companies to work for, with a "low full-time turnover of 3.2%—unheard of in the grocery industry."

    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/best-companies/2013/list/?iid=bc_sp_full

    Besides that, they've so saturated the market with their stores, pushing out most competition, that it would be tough to launch a successful boycott unless they did something really nasty.
  • metta

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    Dec 24, 2013 12:15 AM GMT
    I have never heard of this company before today. They don't have any stores on the West Coast.
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    Dec 24, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    Yeah, just down here but very successful. They've practically powered through all of Winn Dixie store territory, I don't even remember the last time I saw one of those. In south Florida they decimated any hold Albertson's had. And in central/northern Florida they've practically wiped out another called Sweet Bay.

    They're headquartered in this odd town called Lakeland right between Orlando and Tampa. I've never met a sane person from there. But that town does have an unexpected distinction of hosting what I think is the largest collection in the world of Wright architecture at Florida Southern.

    http://www.franklloydwrightatfsc.com/

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    Dec 24, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    metta8 saidI have never heard of this company before today. They don't have any stores on the West Coast.


    I never heard of them either, but I am highly suspicious when a leftist organization rates a business. The "New Times" brand is all over the country, very leftist in the types of stories they publish and in their editorial policies.

    Would you consider doing some additional research to try and provide a more balanced picture?

    Here's some to get you started on Publix:

    Employees’ Choice -50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2010

    100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2012



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    Dec 24, 2013 4:20 AM GMT
    theantijock saidIf I recall, the founder is a big supporter of Salvation Army.

    The Publix founder died in 1996. His heirs do still control the company, their personal charitable donations unknown to me. The corporation supports five national campaigns: Special Olympics, March of Dimes, Children's Miracle Network, United Way of America, and Food for All.
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    Dec 24, 2013 5:05 AM GMT
    theantijock saidYeah, just down here but very successful. They've practically powered through all of Winn Dixie store territory, I don't even remember the last time I saw one of those. In south Florida they decimated any hold Albertson's had. And in central/northern Florida they've practically wiped out another called Sweet Bay.

    They're headquartered in this odd town called Lakeland right between Orlando and Tampa. I've never met a sane person from there. But that town does have an unexpected distinction of hosting what I think is the largest collection in the world of Wright architecture at Florida Southern.

    http://www.franklloydwrightatfsc.com/

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    That was pretty damn good on ^^^^^. Got me on that one. I'd forgotten it and I don't do that often.
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    Dec 24, 2013 5:17 AM GMT
    Aristoshark saidThere is an Albertson's at Dixie and Commercial in Fort Lauderdale. Other than that, their only competition left seems to be Whole Paycheck and the FreshMarket (my favorite store).

    There are some Winn-Dixies, the closest to us being on US 1 Federal Hwy just south of Sunrise past the Parker Playhouse.
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    Dec 24, 2013 6:26 AM GMT
    Aristoshark saidThere is an Albertson's at Dixie and Commercial in Fort Lauderdale. Other than that, their only competition left seems to be Whole Paycheck and the FreshMarket (my favorite store).


    The only one of those we have on the West Coast are the Albertson's and they in the process of closing all of the stores over here.

    Our big grocery stores are: Vons (Safeway), Ralphs (Kroger), and Stater Brothers. Trader Joes and Fresh & Easy are some of the smaller chains. Plus specialty stores like Whole Foods, Henry's, and Gelsons, etc.
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    Dec 24, 2013 6:50 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree saidThat was pretty damn good on ^^^^^. Got me on that one. I'd forgotten it and I don't do that often.


    Oh look, I get to say "I told you so" But ya, if they had an obscure one, that'd be it. I was barely a teen but I used to sing that one too. I just loved all their music. I even remember knowing who Frank Lloyd Wright was. I must've been a weird kid.
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    Jan 08, 2014 9:00 PM GMT
    Publix Ordered to Pay Cake Decorator $100,000 for Firing Him Because He's Gay

    http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2014/01/publix_ordered_to_pay_cake_dec.php
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    Jan 09, 2014 7:29 AM GMT
    Woman finds bird skull inside package of frozen spinach bought at Publix

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/woman-finds-bird-skull-inside-package-of-frozen-spinach-bought-at-publix-205625060.html
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    Jan 09, 2014 1:55 PM GMT
    metta8 saidPublix Ordered to Pay Cake Decorator $100,000 for Firing Him Because He's Gay

    http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2014/01/publix_ordered_to_pay_cake_dec.php


    That reinforces a comment I made earlier. If anyplace in the South is going to make Publix pay up for discriminatory human resource practices, it's Broward County (Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors).

    In this case, the district manager had this guy fired but did not fire other employees for the same or similar missteps.

    What happened here that cannot happen everywhere in the South was the employee could file a complaint, in his case successfully, with the county's human rights board on the basis of sexual orientation discrimination, and that board had the legal teeth to hold companies in its jurisdiction accountable.

    Publix is appealing this decision. But the pressure to strengthen its human resource practices to weed out discrimination will begin not internally but with the presence of more legally-enforceable human rights councils in the jurisdictions Publix serves or wishes to serve. A Publix worker in Jacksonville, Florida's largest city, has no such recourse right now.
  • KissTheSky

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    Jan 20, 2014 1:48 AM GMT
    I am thrilled that Publix lost this dispute and had to pay $100,000 in damages to the gay man they wrongly fired.
    Several years ago, Publix lost a huge sex discrimination lawsuit because they only promoted men to management positions. They had to pay out more than $80 million, which is a lot of money even for a regional chain.
    (They also stupidly posted photos in each store of that store's managers. As a result, everyone could see that the company only hired white men into their mgmt. positions.)
    Apparently they haven't learned much from that very expensive mistake.
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    Dec 31, 2014 7:07 PM GMT
    UPDATE: The thaw continues!

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    Good work, Equality Florida! Keep up the great work!

    http://www.eqfl.org/publix


    Equality FloridaPublix has announced that starting on January 1, 2015, they will be expanding benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

    "Publix is expanding spouse coverage for its health, dental and vision benefits plans to associates who are married in any state where same-sex marriages are legal, regardless of the associates' state of residence. Publix's benefits plans offer coverage to legal spouses, and until recently, the states in which Publix operates did not recognize same-sex marriages as legal unions."



    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2014/12/florida-grocery-giant-publix-expands.html

    Joe.My.God.Publix is the nation's sixth-largest privately held corporation and the largest such Florida-based company with 167,000 employees at nearly 1100 locations across the southeast.


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