Levi’s ex-president claims she was ousted over Covid protests — Analysis
The longtime Levi’s employee said she was offered a $1 million severance after complaints about her Covid views
Levi’s brand president Jennifer Sey claimed on Monday that she was forced out of the famous clothing company over her views on school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Writing on US journalist Bari Weiss’ Substack, Sey alleged that employees of the company began complaining about her views early in the pandemic when schools first closed in San Francisco. The complaints eventually culminated in CEO Charles Bergh telling Sey, who had worked at the company since 1999, that she could be the firm’s next leader if she would “stop talking about the school thing,”According to Sey.
Although she received a offer for $1 million, the president of her company declined because it was tied to a confidentiality agreement.
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“I was condemned for speaking out,”Sey spoke of her experiences. She was opposed to Covid mandates in schools and organized rallies.
Sey also claimed she was contacted by legal, human resources, and other departments at Levi’s in an attempt to get her to “pipe down,”But he refused to remain silent.
The fall of 2021 @JenniferSeyI was assured that I was on the right track to be named next CEO @LEVIS. It was enough for her to quit talking about the opening of schools. She refused. And she walked away from $1 million severance so she could be free.https://t.co/WUPmmTIYFy
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) February 14, 2022
Her children would have the opportunity to live in Colorado, Colorado when she moved her family out of California. “normal childhood.” She faced accusations of being anti-science, racist – she has two black sons – and more after discussing her move from California on Fox News. Sey claims she was asked to perform an interview. “apology tour” by Levi’s head of diversity, equity and inclusion, which she refused to do.
“At one meeting of the executive leadership team, the CEO made an off-hand remark that I was ‘acting like Donald Trump.’ I felt embarrassed, and turned my camera off to collect myself,”Sey stated that it was, and she eventually was told. “untenable”Keep her with the company.
In her Monday post, Sey accused Levi’s of being “held hostage by intolerant ideologies” and not believing in “genuine inclusion or diversity.”
“I quit so I could be free,” she declared.
Jennifer Sey’s bio remains up on the Levi’s website at the time of writing, and the company has not commented on her departure.