Staff Editorial

Politics vs. Paychecks

It’s your first day. You have to remember to smile, but not too much, remember to use social skills, and remember everything you’re told. And no, we’re not talking about your first day of school, we’re talking about the first day of a brand new job. Jobs are hard to find, hard to get, and oftentimes, hard to keep.

Quitting a decent job, usually takes extreme circumstances. Should these circumstances include the political views of your superiors at the company you work for?

No matter what we do in life, everything will lead back to one simple thing, the idea that separates this nation: political bias. You should work for a company that supports your own political bias.

When you work for a major company, you become the public face for that company, henceforth, when you put on the uniform you take on the responsibilities and public decisions of that job.

Though finding a job can be difficult and at times jobs are scarce, you shouldn’t have to be afraid to show your own political opinions at your job.

According to Vox, in 2017 the Chick-fil-A foundation donated over $1.8 million to three groups that support anti-LGBTQ campaigns. Same-sex marriage had been legal for two years prior to these donations. Regardless of what the personal opinions of a Chick-fil-A employee about the LGBTQ community are, once they enter the work environment those opinions become diminished by the ones that the company holds.

A Chick-fil-A employee’s job is to prepare and serve food. If an employee was a supporter of the LGBTQ community, there is no way that they could explain to every customer that what the company believes is in no way related to what they believe, it’s unrealistic.

You shouldn’t have to defend your own political opinions against the ones of your job because the biases of the company should speak for you.

Jobs are quite difficult to find and receive, and that will never go away. However, you should be happy in whatever job you have, happiness, meaning, you shouldn’t be the representation of a bias that you disagree with.

Companies other than Chick-fil-A have made their political stances public as well.

According to NPR, the owner of SoulCycle, a popular exercise class, has donated money in support of Trump’s reelection campaign. President Trump is very outward with his own biases towards topics such as immigration, gun violence, and racial equality.

If we were employees at SoulCycle, we wouldn’t want a check from a company who is using that very same checkbook to donate to the reelection of the president whose points of view we disagree with.

We ask ourselves everyday if our opinion matters. If what we believe and what we fight for will ever make a dent in society. And the truth is, it does matter, and we can make a difference. The problem is that most people choose not to believe it.

What matters at the end of the day is up to you. Where you work, and who you work for is up to you. In the end, you have to be the one to decide if you are proud to represent the opinions of your company.

LGBTQ community rights, feminism, the fight against climate change, racial equality, the regulation of gun laws. If any, or more, of these ideas are important to you, think twice before filling out that application for a job that is against them. Quitting, declining, or turning away from a job is much easier than having your own thoughts and opinions diminished at the workplace.