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(LifeSiteNews) — A conservative legal group has filed a federal civil rights complaint against DICK’S Sporting Goods for offering a financial benefit for abortion without an equivalent benefit for childbirth.
The group also alleges the company violated the law through woke hiring practices centered on race and sex.
America First Legal’s (AFL) Center for Legal Equality filed the complaint Wednesday, asking the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to launch an investigation into DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. for alleged civil rights violations.
A statement released by AFL on July 13 noted DICK’S had “announced a special employment benefit of ‘up to $4,000’ in travel reimbursement for a[n] employee, spouse, or dependent, along with one support person, to obtain an abortion.”
30+ powerful big-box, Big Tech, and mainstream media companies are targeting their young female employees by offering abortion travel “benefits” to new mothers — to kill their children for the sake of corporate profit and productivity!
THIS PRO-DEATH CORPORATE CULTURE WILL DESTROY LIVES AND VILLIFY BIG FAMILIES AND PRO-LIFE VALUES IF WE DON’T ACT NOW!
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Starbucks said it would reimburse travel expenses for employees who need abortions and cannot get them within 100 miles of their homes. In a memo on Monday, the company said it wanted to ensure that its employees had “access to quality health care.” https://t.co/PI1Yg2xKTx— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 16, 2022
Amazon says it will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses annually for non-life threatening medical treatments including abortions, according to a message seen by Reuters. https://t.co/9M4Dtdzb4X— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 3, 2022
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BuzzFeed – Jonah Peretti
Cigna Health Insurance – David Cordani
Citigroup – Jane Fraser
CNN – Chris Licht
Comcast – Brian Roberts
Condé Nast – Roger Lynch
CVS Health – Karen Lynch
Dick’s Sporting Goods – Lauren Hobart
Goldman Sachs – David Solomon
Hewlett-Packard – Enrique Lores
JPMorgan Chase – Jamie Dimon
Kroger – Rodney McMullen
New York Times – Meredith Kopit Levien
Lyft – Logan Green
MasterCard – Michael Miebach
Meta/Facebook - Mark Zuckerberg
Microsoft – Satya Nadella
Paramount – Brian Robbins
Patagonia – Jenna Johnson
PayPal – Dan Schulman
Procter & Gamble – Jon Moeller
Salesforce – Marc Benioff
Starbucks – Kevin Johnson
Target – Brian Cornell
Tesla, Inc. – Elon Musk
Uber – Dara Khosrowshahi
Vox Media – Jim Bankoff
Disney – Bob Chapek
Yelp – Jeremy Stoppelman
Zillow – Rich Barton
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The company’s announcement came after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case last month, thereby ending the federal “right to abortion” and returning the right to regulate abortion back to the states. Many pro-life states have moved to enact restrictions or bans on abortion in the wake of Dobbs, and pro-abortion states have conversely expanded its availability.
According to the AFL complaint, DICK’S’ decision to reimburse women for traveling out of state for abortions while failing to “offer an equivalent paid benefit to a mother who has her baby” violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, which “prohibits discrimination based on childbirth.”
DICK’s has also adopted explicit racial quotas, brazenly violating federal law: https://t.co/qrEseuPbrV
The complaint was filed via AFL’s Center for Legal Equality, which fights institutional bigotry. If YOU are a victim of “equity” contact us NOW: https://t.co/FE6Cxb1qnC. 2/2
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) July 13, 2022
In a letter addressed to the EEOC, the conservative legal group argued that DICK’S “decision to provide the ‘travel benefit’ — which is properly classified both as compensation and/or as a privilege of employment — to a pregnant woman who chooses to abort her child, while denying any equivalent compensation or benefit to a pregnant woman who chooses life, facially violates the statute.”
In a separate letter addressed to the corporate leadership of the sporting goods chain, the AFL stated that “[e]ven if legal,” DICK’S policy regarding abortion-related travel reimbursement “raises serious concerns regarding management’s commitment to maximizing shareholder value.”
“We note with concern that you cited no facts suggesting that providing benefits to facilitate abortions, without making at least the same amount available to mothers who give birth, is in the Company’s best interests,” the group said. “Rather, the empirical evidence indicates management’s discriminatory conduct on an issue of such intense public interest and concern that is otherwise wholly detached from the Company’s business (selling sporting goods and golf equipment) may needlessly destroy shareholder value.”
In a statement, AFL senior counselor and director of oversight Reed D. Rubinstein slammed the sporting goods store’s decision to subsidize abortion travel while denying equivalent benefits to mothers who don’t kill their children as “perverse and unlawful.”
“It’s just so pernicious, and so divisive, and so dangerous, and so utterly disconnected from the business, in this case, selling sporting goods,” Rubinstein also told the Daily Caller. “It needs to be called out and it needs to be stopped.”
The AFL is also seeking an investigation into DICK’S for its promotion of another leftist priority.
According to the group, DICK’S is also violating the law by “[u]sing racial balancing and quotas in hiring and promotion.”
Citing company documents in which the corporation touts its woke racial quotas, particularly in “recruiting, hiring, and/or promoting workers” on the basis of their “race, color, national origin, or sex,” the AFL argued that DICK’S hiring practices also violate Title VII and are therefore “patently illegal.”
Asking the EEOC to conduct an investigation into the company’s hiring practices and unbalanced financial incentivization of abortion, the AFL argued that DICK’S is “violating their fiduciary duty to shareholders by spending the Company’s funds to advance idiosyncratic political and social views.”
According to Rubinstein in the AFL’s July 13 statement, “DICK’S management is an avatar for the rot and danger of corporate wokeness.”
DICK’S did not immediately respond to LifeSite’s request for comment.
A spokesman for the EEOC told LifeSite in a Thursday email that the EEOC “can confirm receipt of the letter from America First Legal” but “cannot provide further comment.”
“Under federal law, information on possible charges (complaints) made to the EEOC is strictly confidential. EEOC cannot confirm or deny the existence of a charge and we are prohibited from releasing any information about charges or any investigation of possible charges,” the email read.
Meanwhile, DICK’S Sporting Goods is just one among many corporations, including Amazon, Apple, Citibank, Salesforce, Tesla, Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, and Yelp, that have offered to pay travel expenses so that female employees in pro-life states can travel to kill their unborn babies.
In response, pro-life lawmakers and attorneys have begun strategizing on how to curtail the phenomenon, which has become known as “abortion-tourism.”The Washington Post reported that conservative Thomas More Society “is drafting model legislation for state lawmakers” based on Texas’ unique enforcement mechanism for its heartbeat bill.
In the Thomas More Society’s model, private citizens would be empowered to “sue anyone who helps a resident of a state that has banned abortion from terminating a pregnancy outside of that state,” the Post reported.