DALLAS – A controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day has come to light at Dallas police headquarters.
Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston said Sgt. Mark Johnson of the Southeast Patrol Division brought a Chick-fil-A sandwich to the briefing room last Wednesday.
It was the same day thousands of people across the country went to the restaurant chain as part of an effort to show support for the CEO’s stand against gay marriage.
Two lesbian officers filed complaints against the sergeant. They said his comments and actions left them embarrassed and humiliated.
Sgt. Johnson, who has been with the department for 12 years, was transferred. The internal affairs department is investigating the complaints.
“The bottom line is we had a sergeant who has been transferred because he brought a Chick-fil-A sandwich to work. And he was transferred without due process,” Pinkston said.
Attorney Clint David said once an employer receives a complaint of harassment, the employer has to act on that.
“They have to take reasonable steps to stop that otherwise they can be responsible,” he said.
The investigation could take up to two or three weeks.