RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Last week, 27-year-old Georgia Carter reached out to WNCN sister station WRIC for help. She said she was hired and fired in just one hour because the manager didn’t know where she could use the restroom.
“He was like, ‘my supervisor and I have a problem because on your license it says male, but you’re …’ I said, ‘I’m transgender,’” Carter explained.
WRIC 8News put in a call to that manager. He said he never made an offer to Georgia Carter. Several calls to corporate went unanswered until five days Carter’s story came to light. In a statement, KFC’s corporate office said, in part, that the manager had been terminated for violating the franchisee’s anti-discrimination policy.
Below is the full statement from KFC:
“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.”
The LGBT community is rallying around Carter in hopes that she’ll join the fight to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Virginia human rights laws.
“They have scored well in the past for transgender-inclusive policies and employment as well in the services they provide,” said Brad Kutner with Gay RVA. “It is good to see KFC adhering to the policies that they have told the public about especially when they don’t have any oversight from the state to enforce it otherwise,” Brad Kutner said.
Carter says she is debating whether or not to accept KFC’s job offer.