Former gymnast Jennifer Sey, the onetime brand president of all-American clothing brand Levi’s, says she has been fired from her job after repeatedly speaking out against ongoing, senseless, draconian mask mandates in schools.
In addition, the Daily Mail reported, the former executive also turned down $1 million in severance pay — ‘hush money,’ actually — that the company offered in order to keep quiet about why she was pushed out.
Translated: Corporate America is cool with ‘allowing’ women to shatter glass ceilings as long as they espouse left-wing groupthink.
The Daily Mail notes further:
Sey, 52, has repeatedly spoken out against school shut-downs and mask mandates since the start of the pandemic.
On Monday, she revealed in Bari Weiss’s Substack channel Common Sense that she has left Levi’s – where she has worked for more than 20 years – because of its woke obsession.
Last March, she moved her four kids from California to Denver so that they could attend classes in person and have a ‘normal childhood’.
But she has now revealed that in the background, Levi’s staff were pressuring her not to share her views on the subject because they offended the company’s liberal preferences.
The report said that Sey stopped speaking against the school mask mandates after she says she was told she was on a glide path to becoming the company’s next CEO. But she adds that last month she was told it was “untenable” for her to remain with Levi’s after activists outside of the company put pressure on the brand to fire her instead.
On a glide path to the company’s top post — meaning a lot of people thought she could handle one of the rarest positions (corporate CEO) on the planet — to being shown the door for having a different viewpoint. Sounds about right in this pandemic-addled society of ours these days.
“In the last month, the CEO told me that it was ‘untenable’ for me to stay. I was offered a $1 million severance package, but I knew I’d have to sign a nondisclosure agreement about why I’d been pushed out,” Sey wrote. “The money would be very nice. But I just can’t do it. Sorry, Levi’s.”
She added that she finalized her departure from the company on Sunday.
“I never set out to be a contrarian. I don’t like to fight. I love Levi’s and its place in the American heritage as a purveyor of sturdy pants for hardworking, daring people who moved West and dreamed of gold buried in the dirt,” Sey wrote.
“But the corporation doesn’t believe in that now,” she continued.
“It’s trapped trying to please the mob—and silencing any dissent within the organization. In this it is like so many other American companies: held hostage by intolerant ideologues who do not believe in genuine inclusion or diversity,” Sey wrote.
“I’ll always wear my old 501s. But today I’m trading in my job at Levi’s. In return, I get to keep my voice,” she said, adding that at one point, she was branded a “racist” who didn’t care about the black community (of course!).
Early on in the pandemic, I publicly questioned whether schools had to be shut down.
This didn’t seem at all controversial to me. I felt—and still do—that the draconian policies would cause the most harm to those least at risk, and the burden would fall heaviest on disadvantaged kids in public schools, who need the safety and routine of school the most.
In the summer of 2020, I finally got the call.
She said she was told by several company officials from a number of different departments including HR that she had to “pipe down” because she was allegedly speaking for Levi’s, which she refuted.
She also said that her company colleagues were able to freely attack then-President Donald Trump, but she was lambasted for appearing on Fox News to give her views on child masking.
“I refused to stop talking. I kept calling out hypocritical and unproven policies, I met with the mayor’s office, and eventually uprooted my entire life in California—I’d lived there for over 30 years—and so that my kindergartner could finally experience real school,” Sey wrote.