[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]GoDaddy, the internet domain registrar and web hosting company based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has entered into the war on Christians with their refusal to hire a man because of his faith. Beyond their discrimination against him for being a Christian, the company also took issue with the man’s physical appearance, believing he was too overweight to work for their company.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]In the Spring of 2014, Keith Connolly, from Queen Creek, Arizona, applied for a job with GoDaddy to work as a Mobile IOS Developer after being approached by a recruiter. He had some reservations, given the fact that the company has made a name for itself with their risque commercials. However, he decided to apply after being encouraged by the recruiter and told that the company was working to ‘change its persona’.
He completed several interviews and thought that everything was going well with the GoDaddy employment process. Or so he thought.
Connolly ultimately received a rejection email, which The PolitiStick was able to obtain, that politely thanked him for applying for the job. However, the company explained that his skills were not a strong enough match for the position so they were not moving forward with him at this time.
Unfortunately for GoDaddy, the email that was somehow attached to his rejection email explained the real reason Keith was no longer in consideration for a position with the company.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]GoDaddy did not like the way he looked, believing he was too overweight, and they did not like the fact that he was a Christian. This was openly stated in the email with the statement, “about keith he’s great for the job in skills but he looks worse for wear do we really want an obeese (sic) christian? is that what our new image requries (sic) of us”
In this email, the GoDaddy Recruiting Team communicated with each other that they believed Keith had all the skills necessary, however they didn’t think an ‘obese Christian’ was the right fit for them.
KTAR spoke with Connolly who shared with him that his weight issues stem from a childhood tumor that has kept him from being able to walk properly. He has struggled with weight his entire life. To have someone judge you for that, especially a potential employee, is no doubt doubly disconcerting and embarrassing. He said, “It is kind of hard to have someone judge you on that level and extra difficult because this is a potential employer.”
But Connolly wasn’t only discriminated against because of his weight. GoDaddy also used his religion as a reason to disqualify him from the job. In regards to this, Connolly said, “I’m a very, very religious person and being Christian is a huge part of who I am. So when you’re attacking not only how I look but my faith (too) it’s a double whammy.”
Connolly’s attorney, Casey Yontz, said that they are unsure exactly how GoDaddy found out about Connolly’s Christian faith. He speculates that they discovered on his LinkedIn profile that he has been on the Board of Directors at a Christian organization. But, how they found out that information is irrelevant.
What is relevant is that GoDaddy rejected an applicant not because of a lack of skills, but rather because of his weight and Christian faith.
The statute of limitations has passed to file an employment discrimination complaint, so there is no legal action that Connolly can take. He was too embarrassed to reveal his story to anyone until he recently shared it with Yontz.
Yontz approached GoDaddy seeking an apology, but the company refused to offer one.
The official statement about the matter from GoDaddy says the company believes the allegations are without merit and denies them. They did not elaborate further, despite the email that Connolly was accidentally forwarded from the GoDaddy Recruiting Team.
In response to what he believes is a blatant act of religious discrimination as well as bigotry towards him because of his weight, Connolly has decided to begin his own company, huckstart.com, to compete directly with GoDaddy. He has begun a crowdfunding campaign for the site.
The PolitiStick was exclusively given the video produced by Connolly that explains the discrimination he experienced from GoDaddy as well as his vision for HuckStart.