Jennifer Sey, 52, has repeatedly spoken out towards college shut-downs and masks mandates because the begin of the pandemic
Jennifer Sey, former USA gymnast and the model president of Levi’s has revealed she has been fired for repeatedly talking out towards draconian COVID restrictions in faculties, and turned down $1million in severance pay that she was supplied on the situation she would not publicly share why she had been ousted.
Sey, 52, has repeatedly spoken out towards college shut-downs and masks mandates because the begin of the pandemic.
On Monday, she revealed in Bari Weiss’s Substack channel Frequent Sense that she has left Levi’s – the place she has labored for greater than 20 years – due to its woke obsession.
Final March, she moved her 4 youngsters from California to Denver in order that they might attend lessons in particular person and have a ‘regular childhood’.
However she has now revealed that within the background, Levi’s employees have been pressuring her to not share her views on the topic as a result of they offended the corporate’s liberal preferences.
She stopped talking out in November, after being informed she was on monitor to grow to be the subsequent CEO, however says she informed final month it was ‘untenable’ for her to remain as a result of outdoors detractors put stress on the corporate to fireplace her.
‘Within the final month, the CEO informed me that it was “untenable” for me to remain. I used to be supplied a $1 million severance package deal, however I knew I’d should signal a nondisclosure settlement about why I’d been pushed out,’ Sey wrote.
She turned the cash down and yesterday finalized her departure from the corporate, she stated.
‘The cash can be very good. However I simply can’t do it. Sorry, Levi’s.
‘I by no means got down to be a contrarian. I don’t prefer to combat. I like Levi’s and its place within the American heritage as a purveyor of sturdy pants for hardworking, daring individuals who moved West and dreamed of gold buried within the filth.
‘However the company doesn’t consider in that now.
‘It’s trapped making an attempt to please the mob—and silencing any dissent throughout the group. On this it’s like so many different American corporations: held hostage by illiberal ideologues who don’t consider in real inclusion or range.
Sey (heart) is proven in 1986 when she traveled to Moscow to compete for America within the Goodwill Video games. She stated she was proud to put on her Levi’s denims, which represented the liberty of America, within the Soviet Union however that now, the corporate has deserted these values
When the pandemic hit, Sey was instantly vocal in her criticism of faculty closures. In March final 12 months, she moved from California to Denver so her youngest youngsters might go to kindergarten
Sey has 4 youngsters from two marriages. She says she was branded ‘racist’ by her Levi’s colleagues – although two of her sons are black – for her views on college lockdowns
Sey and her husband Daniel have been vocal about college closures, vaccinating youngsters and forcing them to put on masks because the begin of the pandemic
‘I’ll at all times put on my outdated 501s. However at the moment I’m buying and selling in my job at Levi’s. In return, I get to maintain my voice.’
Sey says Levi’s CEO Charles Bergh informed her it was ‘untenable’ for her to remain
Sey says she was branded ‘racist’ and was informed she was not an ‘ally’ to the black neighborhood.
‘In spite of everything these years, the corporate I like has overpassed the values that made folks in all places wish to put on Levi’s.
‘Early on within the pandemic, I publicly questioned whether or not faculties needed to be shut down.
‘This didn’t appear in any respect controversial to me. I felt—and nonetheless do—that the draconian insurance policies would trigger essentially the most hurt to these least in danger, and the burden would fall heaviest on deprived youngsters in public faculties, who want the security and routine of faculty essentially the most.
‘In the summertime of 2020, I lastly obtained the decision.
‘“You already know while you converse, you converse on behalf of the corporate,” our head of company communications informed me, urging me to pipe down.
‘I responded: “My title isn’t in my Twitter bio.
‘I’m talking as a public college mother of 4 youngsters.”
‘However the calls stored coming. From authorized. From HR. From a board member.
‘And eventually, from my boss, the CEO of the corporate,’ she wrote within the letter on Monday.
Sey stated whereas her colleagues have been allowed to publicly assault Trump, she was admonished for happening FOX information to speak about college closures.
‘I refused to cease speaking. I stored calling out hypocritical and unproven insurance policies, I met with the mayor’s workplace, and ultimately uprooted my total life in California—I’d lived there for over 30 years—and in order that my kindergartner might lastly expertise actual college.
Sey’s profile continues to be on the Levi’s firm web site. The corporate has not but commented on her departure or her claims
‘Nationwide media picked up on our story , and I used to be requested to go on Laura Ingraham’s present on Fox Information. That look was the final straw.’
Sey stated she was being primed to take over however was informed by the corporate CEO Charles V. Bergh, she should cease speaking about mandates if she wished to imagine the position.
‘Within the fall of 2021, throughout a dinner with the CEO, I used to be informed that I used to be on monitor to grow to be the subsequent CEO of Levi’s– the inventory worth had doubled below my management, and income had returned to pre-pandemic ranges.
‘The one factor standing in my manner, he stated, was me. All I needed to do was cease speaking concerning the college factor.’
Sey stopped talking out, however was constantly attacked on social media by folks calling for her head.
‘On daily basis, a file of my tweets and all of my on-line interactions have been despatched to the CEO by the pinnacle of company communications.
‘At one assembly of the chief management workforce, the CEO made an off-hand comment that I used to be “performing like Donald Trump.” I felt embarrassed, and turned my digicam off to gather myself,’ she wrote.
Levi’s has not commented on her departure. Her bio continues to be on the corporate’s web site.
Sey lives in Denver together with her husband and their 4 youngsters in a $3.8million dwelling.
Levi’s has not commented on her departure. Her bio continues to be on the corporate’s web site. Sey lives in Denver together with her husband and their 4 youngsters in a $3.8million dwelling