- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

KFC has fired a Virginia franchise manager after a woman complained that he withdrew a job offer for her upon learning she was transgender.

“The manager has been terminated for violating the franchisee’s anti-discrimination policy, which is inclusive of gender identity and sexual orientation,” KFC said in a statement Tuesday to BuzzFeed News. The company said the decision came after the owner of the Richmond franchise investigated the situation.

In an interview Saturday with a local ABC News affiliate, Georgia Carter, 27, said she was elated to get the KFC job after answering only four questions.

“He was like, ‘You have got the job. I am going to start you out at $7.50 an hour. It’s yours. We are going to start you training on the computer tomorrow.’ It was like 11 to 4,” Ms. Carter said.

But her joy was quickly erased when the KFC manager called back in a matter of minutes, she said.

“He was like, ‘My supervisor and I have a problem because on your license it says ‘male,’ but you’re …’ and I was like, ‘I’m transgender,’ ” Ms. Carter said.

She said the manager withdrew the job offer over confusion on which bathroom she would use.

“KFC’s policy is to treat everyone fairly, equally and with respect, and we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” KFC’s statement said, BuzzFeed reported. “Upon learning of this allegation, the franchisee who owns this Richmond restaurant conducted an immediate and thorough investigation.”

The restaurant chain said it had a conversation with Ms. Carter and offered her employment at any of their Richmond-area franchises, “effective immediately.”

“Additionally,” KFC’s statement concluded, “the franchisee is emphasizing sensitivity and compliance with their policies to keep this from happening again.”

The Richmond manager denied ever offering Ms. Carter the job, saying it was only a job interview, ABC reported. KFC did not answer questions from BuzzFeed about whether Ms. Carter had been officially offered a job by that manager.

There’s no word yet on whether Ms. Carter has taken KFC up on its offer.

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