The host of "America Unhinged" cited an email from the Epoch Times about Hershey's move to terminate unvaccinated workers. According to the Jan. 31 article, the Pennsylvania-based company has also asked employees to sign a nine-page waiver that absolves the company from legal liabilities. The waiver also bars former workers from talking about their experience.
Upon signing the waiver, the employees would be given a "special separation payment" determined by an algorithm. However, many affected Hershey's employees refused to sign the document and declined the money, which only amounted to two months' salary for some.
"Since I am stationed in Pennsylvania – and Hershey's is very, very close to me – I think this is the time that we need to take a stand against this. We need to figure out a way to do it peacefully," said Diamond.
"Boycotts are something that are very, very effective. It sends a very loud message. Ultimately, it hurts their bottom line [and] it affects their paycheck. We need to stand up and stand strong, and I think a boycott of Hershey's is going to be the best way to send a very, very loud message.
"Here at 'America Unhinged,' we're calling for a national boycott of all Hershey's products. We need you to get on the phone, call their help center and tell them why we are not supporting you and your product anymore. If this is the way you're going to treat us, then that's fine – you're not going to get our money.
"And then, we need to start finding companies and institutions that are going to stand for freedom – especially medical freedom. So I ask you to please join me in this boycott of Hershey's, especially leading up to the Easter season." Related: Legacy chocolate maker Hershey dumps all-American image and adopts authoritarianism by firing unvaccinated workers.)
According to ABC affiliate channel WHTM 27, Hershey's announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in August 2021 that went into effect two months later in October. The mandate applied to salaried employees, but excluded factory workers and staff members at the Hershey's Chocolate World stores.
A company spokesperson confirmed to the news outlet that "a small number" of salaried employees were terminated due to noncompliance with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. "A small number of individuals who did not get vaccinated were separated from the company," the spokesperson said. It was not clear how many employees were laid off.
"Hershey's is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our employees and our customers. We believe that the best way to protect the health and safety of our employees, their families and our various business partners is to ensure that our salaried employees are vaccinated against COVID-19," the spokesperson said in a statement.
Several employees who talked to the Epoch Times begged to differ. They shared how the company's human resources (HR) department intimidated them during meetings by asking intrusive questions. Some who sought religious exemptions claimed they were feeling "harassed" with the line of questions being thrown their way.
Hershey's did not respond to any requests for comment on the issues former employees brought up.
"These people don't care about anybody else's paychecks. They're letting people go under this medical tyranny, you know. 'My body, my choice' only applies to one set of beliefs and not another," Diamond said.
Watch the video below of Diamond exhorting Americans to boycott Hershey's products.
This video is from the BrighteonTV channel on Brighteon.com.
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