Companies that suck, volume 3.

Here’s another company that sucks (if you want to read about the others, go here and here).  It’s Domino’s Pizza!

The founder of Domino’s Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.

Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception isn’t health care but a “gravely immoral” practice.

He filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court. It also lists as a plaintiff Domino’s Farms, a Michigan office park complex that Monaghan owns.

Monaghan offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees. The new federal law requires employers to offer insurance including contraception coverage or risk fines.

Monaghan says the law violates his rights, and is asking a judge to strike down the mandate. There are similar lawsuits pending nationwide.

Yes, his rights to operate outside of the law are being violated.  You see, if his religious beliefs prohibit him from providing full insurance, like every other company must do, then he shouldn’t have to do it.  Just like if a business owner believed in slavery because of the bible, then they should get an exemption from minimum wage laws.

Not like I’ll miss Domino’s; their pizza sucked the scabs off a zombie’s ass anyway.

Since consumers who don’t want to financially support bad people are out of luck with Papa John’s and Domino’s now, is there a good alternative?  I’ve heard Little Caesar’s does alright by their employees but could find no confirmation of that.  Hardee’s and Starbucks both rock, as does Ruby Tuesdays.  Does anybody else know any company’s that rock?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Taneth

    JT, Dominos has already responded to this misinformation. The man suing is no longer a part of dominos and has not been for awhile. If anything they should be praised for stating that they are not a religious or political organization.

    • Anonymous

      Monaghan no longer has a controlling interest in Domino’s Pizza but AFAIK still owns Domino’s Farms, the office complex.
      Locally Ilitch of Little Caesar’s was known as the good pizza king as opposed to Monaghan’s evil pizza king.

      • Gregory Marshall

        Exactly, Mr. Ilitch is well respect around town. He has not only done well by his pizza employees, he has helped out in the city of Detroit by investing in it. He owns two local sports teams and when the Tigers needed a new stadium, he ponied up his own dough (pun intended) to build it. When Monaghan owned the team, he held the city hostage and tried to get the taxpayers to fund it.
        Monaghan is a dick, straight up, after he sold his interests in Dominio’s he used the capital to build a massive cathedral in Nicaragua.

    • Artor

      If anything, it should be remembered that Domino’s was a sponsor of Operation Rescue, during the time they were bombing abortion clinics.

    • Randomfactor

      The question is, then, will they comply with the health-care mandate, or will/do they play games with worker’s hours in order to circumvent it.

  • anatman

    tom fucking monaghan. i used to be a massive baseball fan. i could rattle of the roster of any major league team and knowledgeably discuss players who died long before i was born. then monaghan bought the tigers and in short order destroyed my tigers fandom and completely killed my love for the sport itself. at least it leaves more time for weeping in frustration watching the lions.

  • Serena

    How about Papa Murphy’s? A quick googling finds nothing seemingly objectionable, and they also take requests for donations to non-profit orgs.

    • Nate Frein

      The one thing I really miss about living in NorCal is Papa Murphy’s.

      There’s nothing like it here in MD that I’ve found.

  • Godless Teen

    “…their pizza sucked the scabs off a zombie’s ass anyways.”

    … I don’t think I can ever eat pizza again after that analogy. O.o

  • Ken

    You can always move to Chicago or New York where there’s a thriving restaurant/fast food community operated by small business owners. Much better food at much better prices, and they tend to treat their employees decently.

    Just ate at an awesome Northern Indian/Nepalese place for lunch today. And really, it’s hard to beat Chicago when it comes to all kinds of pizza. My favorite thin crust place is a ways outside of the city, but worth the drive once in awhile…

  • WMDKitty

    I don’t know there is one in your area, but I love, love, LOVE the Pizza Pipeline. They know how to treat their custies.

    • WMDKitty

      Make that “I don’t know IF there is one…”

    • Cubist

      If this is the Pizza Pipeline you’re talking about, it’s strictly a Pacific Northwest thing—that website says they’ve got locations in Spokane, Pullman, Bellingham, Richland, Eugene, Corvallis, and Albany.

  • Ibis3

    We make our own. Yum. (You can make in advance and freeze if you want a quick/under-30-mins-or-less meal.)

  • Mark

    Companies that rock? Chic-fil-a, Hobby Lobby, and Cracker Barrel.

    • Rapunzel

      Shit, is it Opposite Day already? I nearly missed it this year!

      • sqlrob

        No, no, he left out “should be hit with a”

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Tom Monaghan? Domino’s Pizza Founder to Build Catholic Town

    A former marine who was raised by nuns and made a fortune selling pizza has embarked on a $400 million plan to build the first town in America to be run according to strict Catholic principles…

    • Randomfactor

      He’s lost his shirt on that one, reportedly. And folks aren’t too happy about his censoring of cable TV within the town, either.

  • Tom

    If he doesn’t actualy own the majority of Dominos locations, this may not work (but I bet he did in the past).

    Simply put:
    Dominos operates in the UK.
    Any worker at a certain tax rate (IIRC, full time at minimum wage) or higher has part of their pay diverted by the company to NI.
    NI pays for the NHS, which (despite the best efforts of the Torys recently) covers contraceptives (and I’m sure its the same in Canada/Europe).
    Therefore, Dominos already pays for contraceptives for its workers, so they can’t argue it on relgious grounds (not that thats a valid argument anyway, or this case is anything but an attempt to make more profit).

    And I like Dominos pizza once in a while (if I can get 1/2 price vouchers, shits a rip off). Nice and massively unhealthy :) .
    Also, Starbucks? May be good for its workers, but tax dodging like hell. They’ve just agreed to pay ‘bonus’ taxes of £10m/yr for two years to make up for 3 years or so of not paying anything (while running a £1.3b turnover across nearly 800 stores)

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Single payer health care (i.e. making health insurance a government entity) would completely eliminate such questions of “employer rights” and employer costs. It would also make it easier to cover unemployed people. Most civilised countries already have single payer health care, and we could too if we would drop the cold war paranoia about communism.

  • scenario

    If companies are allowed to decide what health care based on religion, they could ban just about anything.
    It would be easy to assign diseases to the 7 deadly sins, wrath, greed, sloth, pride,lust, envy and glutony.
    Your insurance rates are sure to go down once you don’t have to treat the top 20 or so causes of death.