Levi’s Jeans President Booted For Protesting School Closures
Levi’s brand president said she was celebrated for her politics at the company until she spoke out against school closures during the pandemic.
Jennifer Sey, a mom of four, penned an op-ed for Bari Weiss’ “Common Sense” Substack newsletter Monday titled, “Yesterday I Was Levi’s Brand President. I Quit So I Could Be Free.”
She turned down a $1 million severance package to share “why I’d been pushed out” just after CEO Charles Bergh reportedly told her she would be the company’s next leader if she would just “stop talking about the school thing.”
The blowback started when she publicly started questioning school closures in San Francisco and escalated after she moved her kids to Colorado so they could attend school in-person. She appeared on Fox News afterward.
“I was condemned for speaking out,” Sey wrote.
She said she was compared to former President Trump during a company meeting and was asked by Levi’s head of diversity, equity and inclusion to do an “apology tour” — but refused.
She laments that Levi’s is now “held hostage by intolerant ideologues who do not believe in genuine inclusion or diversity.”