A 20-store Subway operation may find itself in legal trouble after sending a letter to several churches in Charleston, West Virginia saying they’re seeking Christian employees. That is a pretty clear violation of state and federal laws that forbid discrimination on the basis of religion.
Kermit Ball, the director of operations for Hammond Group Inc., which owns the Subways, sent the letter, publishing employment opportunities at the restaurants. It was sent to at least four churches and congregations in the Charleston and Huntington areas.
The letter, and subsequent statements from Ball, seem to imply that Hammond Group Inc. would prefer to hire Christian employees, finding them more honest.
The letter, in part, reads: “Due to changing times, we are looking for good honest people. If you have anyone in your congregation in need of a job, or new career, please have them contact us at the address provided above. We are looking for sandwich artists, shift managers, assistant managers and supervisers. The Hammond Group owns and operates 20 Subway restaurants. We are a Christian based company and in need of Christian employees.”When asked about the letter, Ball reiterated its points.
“Robbery and theft in stores is really, really high and we’re trying to find honest people to run registers,” Ball said. “I’m not elaborating on anything, our owners are Christians.”
Absolutely not allowed, under either state or federal law. You can’t state a preference for hiring employees of a particular religion, race, gender or any other category listed in the law.