Tell Chase Bank Their Survey is Inappropriate!
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Is JP Morgan Chase the next Mozilla?
Recent news reports have revealed that Chase Bank has added highly-inappropriate questions about employee support for the LGBT community to its annual employee survey designed to help assess its management team. Employees are being asked in the survey if they are, â€œa member of the LGBT community.â€ Separately, they are also asked if they are â€œan ally of the LGBT community, but not personally identifying as LGBT.â€
This tactic of actively inquiring of every employee whether they support the LGBT community is an egregious invasion of privacy, and one that has the potential to be used to punish and intimidate those who refuse to answer in the politically-approved way.
The mega-bank refuses to answer questions about the survey questions, including how they intend to use the responses. Demand answers from Chase today and let them know that this unseemly survey raises fears about impending intimidation or discrimination against pro-marriage employees there.
For more information
National Organization for Marriage blog: Is JP Morgan Chas the next Mozilla?
The Washington Times: Chase bank surveys workers to see if theyâ€™re â€˜ally of the LGBT communityâ€™
This Survey is Inappropriate and Menacing
I write today to voice my concern about recent news reports of a survey that Chase has administered to employees, asking them to self-identify as members of the LGBT community or as "allies" of that community.
One could very easily fear that this information could be used for inappropriately intimidating and discriminating against those who fail to answer these questions in the way deemed "politically correct." As such, this survey is already a kind of intimidation and can be seen to have a menacing effect on the employees to whom it has been sent.
I demand answers from Chase about why these questions are relevant and about how the information gleaned from this survey is going to be used. I also think you owe your employees an apology for creating this uncomfortable situation. Millions of Americans maintain private beliefs about things like marriage and sexuality that have nothing to do with their qualifications for employment or their fair and civil participation in their workplace. By bringing these irrelevant matters into the corporate environment, Chase creates an atmosphere of vague but ominous intimidation. This should be stopped and an apology issued to the employees who received the survey.