Vante chief financial officer Adam Smith was fired after he posted a video to YouTube in which he went through a Chick-fil-A drive through Thursday and harassed a cashier about the company's stance on gay marriage. (YouTube)
ATLANTA -- Perhaps lost in the ongoing Chick-fil-A Inc.vs. gay rights movement battle is an important lesson -- what you say and do in the debate could get you fired.
Tuscon, Ariz.-based Vante Inc., a medical manufacturer, canned Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Adam Smith on Thursday after he posted on YouTube a video of himself going through a Chick-fil-A drive-thru and goading a Chick-fil-A employee as she keeps her cool.
The video went viral and executives at Vante reacted quickly, firing Smith and releasing a statement:
"Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.
"The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.
"We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith's actions against Vante and its employees."