Goodyear released a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s attack on the longstanding tire supplier of NASCAR.
An employee of the company shared a list of things acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace.
Acceptable: Black Lives Matter (BLM), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride (LGBT).
Unacceptable: Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, MAGA and politically affiliated slogans or material.
Upon the release of the list, Trump attacked the company through a tweet that read:
“Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS. Get better tires for far less! (This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!).”
Goodyear responded to Trump’s attack by stating that the company has “zero tolerance for any forms of harassment or discrimination” as an integral part of its corporate policy. The statement read:
“First, the visual in question was not created or distributed by Goodyear corporate, nor was it part of a diversity training class. To be clear on our longstanding corporate policy, Goodyear has zero tolerance for any forms of harassment or discrimination.”
“To enable a work environment free of those, we ask that associates refrain from workplace expressions in support of political campaigning for any candidate or politcal party, as well as similar forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of racial justice and equity issues.”
“Second, we appreciate the diverse viewpoints of all our more than 60,000 associates, which are at the heart of many of the policies we establish. Fostering an inclusive, respectful workplace is important to establish teamwork and build culture, which is another reason we ask associates not to engage in political campaigning of any kind in the workplace – for any candidate, party or political organization.”
“Third and finally, Goodyear has always wholeheartedly supported both equality and law enforcement and will continue to do so. These are not mutually exclusive. We have heard from some of you that believe Goodyear is anti-police after reacting to the visual. Nothing could be further from the truth, and we have the upmost appreciation for the vital work police do on behalf of our shared communities. This can’t be said strongly enough.”
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