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SATIRE - 'Hobby Lobby Fires Employee For Divorcing Husband'


Outline

Circulating report claims that US arts and crafts store chain Hobby Lobby recently fired a woman because she divorced her husband without company approval.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are untrue. The report is a work of fiction and is intended as satire. It originates from the satirical website, The Daily Currant.

Scroll down to read a detailed analysis with references.


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Hobby Lobby Fires Employee For Divorcing Husband
Hobby Lobby fired an employee yesterday for divorcing her husband without company approval.

33-year old Jennifer Silverton of Scottsdale, Ariz., spent seven years as a cashier at the arts and crafts retail giant and was promoted to assistant manager just two weeks ago.

Satire Hobby Lobby


Detailed Analysis

According to a message currently making its way around the interwebs mostly via social media, a Hobby Lobby employee has been fired because she divorced her husband without first getting approval from the company. The circulating message links to a longer report about the case published on the Daily Currant website.

The report suggests that the woman was fired because the divorce contravened the religious beliefs of Hobby Lobby's founder and CEO David Green.

However, the claims in the message are untrue. The story is intended as satire and is purely a work of fiction. The Daily Currant is not a news site but rather a satirical publication. The site's About Page bills itself as an 'English language online satirical newspaper', noting:
Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world

The satire article pokes fun at Hoppy Lobby's challenge to the US Government about its legal requirement to provide employee health insurance coverage for contraceptives. Cabinetry company, Conestoga, has also filed suit over the issue. A March 2014 Washington Post article explains:

Hobby Lobby, owned by the Green family, and Conestoga, owned by the Hahns, object to paying for the full range of birth control drugs and devices as required by the Affordable Care Act. To them, a handful of the methods they must cover could cause abortion. Including these methods in their companies' insurance package is, in their eyes, sinful.
In its original context - and for those who actually bother to fully read it - the article's satirical nature should be clear. But, as often happens with such articles, many users tend to read only the snippet that circulates via social media and are therefore inclined to believe the claims.



Last updated: April 14, 2014
First published: April 14, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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References
Hobby Lobby Fires Employee For Divorcing Husband
The Daily Currant - About
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