Update: Goodyear has issued a statement saying the image shared on social media was not created by Goodyear Corporate or part of a diversity training. See their comments below.
A Goodyear employee blew the whistle on what the company is doing behind closed doors and it has all the makings of a scandal. The employee says the company has a new policy and took a screenshot to prove it.
As part of diversity training, employees are shown what’s acceptable and what isn’t acceptable. Under acceptable slogans: Black Lives Matter (BLM), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride.
Under unacceptable: Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, MAGA Attire, Political Affiliated Slogans or Material.
According to the employee who took the photo of the slide, it was presented at the Topeka plant by an area manager and says the slide came from their corporate office out of Akron, Ohio.
“If someone wants to wear a BLM shirt in here, then cool. I’m not going to get offended about it.
But at the same time, if someone’s not going to be able to wear something that is politically based, even in the farthest stretch of the imagination, that’s discriminatory,” said the employee under the agreement of anonymity due to fears they could lose their job.
“If we’re talking about equality, then it needs to be equality. If not, it’s discrimination.”
13 NEWS has reached out to Goodyear about the slide.
They did not answer questions when asked if the slide was part of a training from their main office.
“Goodyear is committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful workplace where all of our associates can do their best in a spirit of teamwork.
As part of this commitment, we do allow our associates to express their support on racial injustice and other equity issues but ask that they refrain from workplace expressions, verbal or otherwise, in support of political campaigning for any candidate or political party as well as other similar forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of equity issues.” Melissa Monaco, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Yesterday, Goodyear became the focus of a conversation that created some misconceptions about our policies and our company. Goodyear has always wholeheartedly supported both equality and law enforcement and will continue to do so. pic.twitter.com/oO6jUg2rTR
— Goodyear (@goodyear) August 19, 2020
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 18, 2020