Hobby Lobby Fires Employee For Divorcing Husband

Apr 07, 2014

HobbyLobbyStowOhioHobby Lobby fired an employee yesterday for divorcing her husband without company approval.

33-year old Jennifer Silverton of Scottsdale, Ariz., spent seven years as a cashier at the arts and crafts retail giant and was promoted to assistant manager just two weeks ago.

However, her employment was abruptly terminated for reasons of “moral laxity” after upper management learned she had divorced her husband two months ago after six years of marriage.

“My ex-husband Brad has a severe drinking problem,” she explained to the Scottsdale Times. “I tried very hard to make our marriage work, but towards the end he became increasingly violent. After my daughter was born,  I decided that I just couldn’t be in that kind of environment anymore.

“I never expected filing for divorce would affect my job. But here I am. Unemployed. They told me it was for religious reasons, whatever that means. I just hope I can find something soon. I’m already late on my rent this month.”

Hobby Lobby is no stranger to controversy regarding religion and its employment practices. The company has sued the Obama administration in federal court in order to avoid giving its female employees health insurance with contraceptive coverage, claiming doing so would violate the company's closely held Christian beliefs.

That case is currently before the Supreme Court and a decision in Hobby Lobby’s favor could give companies new power to exempt themselves from vast swaths of federal law.

“Our religious beliefs tell us that divorce is a sin,” says David Green, the CEO and founder of the company. “Consequently we cannot be in business with divorced individuals. We gave Ms. Silverton a choice. We told her she could stay with the company if she took her husband back.

“But unfortunately this fornicator refused to take the Christian path. Why should we be forced to employ some hussy who bounces around from one man to the next? Maybe if she had performed her wifely duties properly, her husband wouldn’t have needed to drink so much.

”Look, the Bible doesn’t even specifically mention contraception. But Luke 16:18 tells us that divorce is as bad as adultery, which is in the Ten Commandments. That’s why we had to let her go. We couldn't let her rotten moral core corrupt all the other employees.”

In a statement posted on its website, Hobby Lobby’s chief legal counsel said that it shouldn’t be forced to compromise its Christian principles by employing women like Silverton.

“We are aware that some in the legal community believe that it is illegal to fire someone because of their marital status. We maintain, however, that our actions are protected by the First Amendment’s protection of religious expression and will take our case all the way to the Supreme Court.”

Silverton says she hasn’t decided whether or not she will file a wrongful termination lawsuit.

  • Ron Babineau

    Ok Hobby Lobby, I was with you on the birth control thing with religious overtones, but this ? No way. You are WRONG ! This person should NOT have to live in jeopardy ( including a child) in order to keep her job ? In order to keep those who support your birth control issue, you need to FIX this ..

  • sweetreat

    Why would you support them against birth control? You cannot possibly understand the need to use them for other than BC. In the meantime they pay for penis pumps and blue pills which cost more and morally why should a man use those?
    They don’t have the right to force their faith ONTO anyone else. That is just wrong.

  • Thomas Favors

    I’ve heard they have also terminated the employment of staff members by accusing them of witch craft as well. They are still working with the courts to give them the right to execute witches in accordance with Exodus 22:18 KJV.

  • LissaKay

    Umm … you do realize …

    Oh nevermind. If you really want to think this site is serious, you just knock yourself right out.

  • LissaKay

    Yeah … not even a close parallel to the issue at stake with Hobby Lobby, and not very amusing, to say the least.

    But …. wouldn’t you know, The Daily Currant, LLC, as a corporation, can publish this nonsense because it has the right of free speech protected by the 1st Amendment, just like Hobby Lobby has the right of freedom of worship also protected by that very same 1st Amendment.

    Ooooh … the irony!

  • NanaZ

    Isn’t it ironic how religious and private organizations pick and choose bible verses they deem appropriate in God’s eyes or theirs. If this woman’s husband would have been living according to God’s laws with respect to alcoholism perhaps she would not had to have filed for a divorce. According to Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

    The bible also teaches us not to judge one another but we are to leave that to God!! Just saying…..

    Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/15-bible-verses-to-help-with-addiction

  • Vegana Piranha

    Ron Babineau- you support your EMPLOYER determining your family planning? I hope you understand the implications of that, and are not just blinded by your religion!

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  • http://twitter.com/GeekAaron Aaron

    How exactly does a corporation worship?

  • LissaKay

    The same way it speaks.

  • Lala Loopsy

    Well I think they should not be able to have customers that are divorced or living in sin then.

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  • Guest

    Do you really think we are taking it seriously? Pay attention, we are clearly being sarcastic here.

  • Thomas Favors

    The concept of “I hired you I can fire you” is why we have unions and laws in place. That system is not a good one for anyone involved. The company could fire skilled workers, and doing so drops their stock market value, which affects share holders, who then sell their stock, which affects the company. It doesn’t make any sense to let companies make business decisions based on (faulty) religious beliefs held by individuals in the company.

  • Thomas Favors

    The problem is, when using the bible or other religious texts, is that people can interpret it to mean what they want, and often do, and neglect important passages only focusing on ones that agree with them, which they also often do. It is why we cannot rely on the bible for morality, because it means different things to different groups.

  • Thomas Favors

    It isn’t ironic at all. Hobby Lobby is using it’s freedom to oppress another person’s. The Daily Currant is not. And that is the issue at stake. People who shout “you are oppressing our religious freedom” when they are told to stop hurting others, are examples of irony.

  • Thomas Favors

    Corporations only worship money. Whatever gets them the most money, is their god. Poorly understood christian theology is only a tool to help them get more money.

  • LissaKay

    How exactly is refusing to pay for abortificient drugs and devices oppressing anyone’s freedom? Or hurting anyone? The owners of Hobby Lobby aren’t telling anyone they can’t use those drugs, they just do not want to pay for them.

    For that matter, what right does anyone have to force someone else to give them anything?

  • LissaKay

    “Thou shalt not commit murder” is pretty straight forward and hard to misinterpret.

  • LissaKay

    You do realize that the owners of Hobby Lobby are not “determining” anyone’s family planning, right? They DO cover contraceptives in their insurance policy, and like all other employers, have no idea what their employees are receiving in the way of medical care. They simply do not want the insurance plans which they pay for in part to cover drugs and devices that are intended to destroy the fertilized egg, which they believe to be the murder of a human being.

  • LissaKay

    The insurance policies at Hobby Lobby DO pay for contraceptives. They are not opposed to birth control, only to those drugs and devices that are intended to destroy the fertilized egg. And that is not forcing their faith onto anyone.

  • Thomas Favors

    Denying medical coverage doesn’t hurt people?

  • Thomas Favors

    People misinterpret that one more than any of the other commandments. People have murdered homosexuals, doctors, or attacked people who just believed differently than them about something and used the bible to justify it.

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  • LissaKay

    They are not denying medical coverage. Only coverage for FOUR drugs/devices which are intended to KILL unborn babies. All other contraceptives ARE covered, and the rest of the coverage is the same as anywhere else.

    Are you one of those lily-livered, spineless creatures that thinks it is somehow the employers’ responsibility to pay for EVERYTHING? Get over it … you want it, buy it yourself.

    I get a lot of medical treatment that isn’t covered by my insurance 100% … I don’t sit around and whine about it, I either pay for it, or I do without. It’s not anyone else’s responsibility to buy anything for me. Period.

  • Thomas Favors

    We don’t know the intention of the medical devices or treatments. Maybe a woman needs to have these in order to be healthy. I’m not gonna say, or judge on that situation. But we do know that their company is using the bible as a tool to deny people their legal rights. They are relying on their rights to inhibit the rights of others. That is the irony.

    And to be fair, not all people are as lucky as you. Not everyone has the choice of paying for it themselves or doing without.

    It is the responsibility to pay the workers for their work. A lot of employers don’t do that. If you pay the employees what they are worth, you will quickly go out of business. Medical insurance is a way for companies to compensate for this. The employee is still working for it, and then some, so it is not the company giving them something for nothing, it is what they deserve.

  • Thomas Favors

    I would also like to point out, on a slightly unrelated note that I feel needs to be addressed regardless, that the bible does not oppose abortion. In fact the issue is hardly mentioned. And when it is, it is never viewed as murder. So Christianity doesn’t really have an opinion on that. This isn’t really a religious rights issue. It is more of a personal belief.

  • Thomas Favors

    They don’t have the right to force that opinion on to their workers though. Whether we call it faith or something else it isn’t right. A company should not have a say over how in their worker’s personal lives of health issues.

  • shutterbunny

    Exactly, LissaKay They are within their rights to not offer insurance coverage for 3 pills that are in effect a form of abortion. They provide for 16 other contraceptives.
    I am going to check this story out about the divorce,to see if it’s true. I do not support that

  • shutterbunny

    LOL in the case of the contraceptives,they are not forcing anything. They are just choosing to not have 3 of the TWENTY covered under their insurance plans. People are fully allowed to get the other 3 if they choose

  • shutterbunny

    The Daily Currant is a FAKE ‘news’ site This story is NOT true Check it out

  • dadzilla

    This can’t be real.

  • LostAndFound50

    It’s called “Precedent”. What if a large employer converted to Jehovas Witnesse’s decided that getting transfusions are a sin, they won’t allow them to be covered. Then, you/your child is in an accident. The bottom line, is that an employer should NOT have the ” right” to determine what’s not covered in they employees policy-based on THEIR religious beliefs-which should ALWAYS be between the patient. & doctor.