• Jan 26, 2007
A discrimination suit has been filed by a former executive of Irvine, California based Meguiar's Inc. Meguiar's is one of the leading car care product makers in the industry, and is led by founding family member, Barry Meguiar. Barry is the well-known host of the cable program Car Crazy, as well. One former exec seems to feel that being car crazy wasn't enough to keep his job, though.
Former COO Atticus O. Firey says he was fired over religion. Firey alleges that company president Barry Meguiar urged him to attend church and told him he was "robbing this company of the blessing of God by not being on your knees and on fire for Jesus." He had been with Meguiar's for nearly 10 years before being fired in July.

Meguiar's lawyer, Richard Ruben, responded to the suit by saying religion was not the motivation for Firey's firing. Ruben says that company management felt Firey's attitude and performance were less than adequate and decided to make the move because of it. "The company was suffering economically, and Mr. Firey was not showing up at the office and was only sporadically attending to his duties," Ruben said. He even described the lawsuit as a "publicity stunt."

[Source: L.A. Times, sub req]


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      far jr
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2 Eoot... did you read the article? Firey was not the religious one. But it's nice to see all the bigotry you spout based on his looks.
      I think Avinash has it right. How many of you would have posted differently had this been a Muslim, homosexual, or black individual claim?
      I know an individual in middle management who also shows up to work sporadically and likes to work about 20 hours per week too. He has been employed by about 4 different employers in the last 3 years and can't seem to figure out why it is always his position that is done away with.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, I just switched to Zymol. No more Meguiar's in my garage. Anyone else?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "And to the poster who asked whether things would be different if it was an African American - don't be a simpleton. Religious belief is different that race. One you CHOOSE, the other you ARE, through no choice of your own."

      Posted at 10:05PM on Jan 27th 2007 by Itchy Biscuit


      Then how do you explain Michael Jackson?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I thought he was a fruit; the way he 'gushes' all over people. But this is worst: he's full on Christian Taliban...yeech. BTW: Jeff's makes better stuff along with Zaino, etc. anyway.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Imagine if he had been a Muslim instead of being a Born Again Christian.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, I'm a Zaino customer anyway, but the actions of this bible-thumpin' whackjob seal the fact I'll never purchase another Meguiar's product again. EVER.

      And since I'm planning to clean the garage tomorrow anyway, I'll be sure to pitch any remaining bottles of Meguiar's into the ol' garbage bin. Buh-bye.

      I get enough of this sort of thinking from our government lately, I certainly don't need it from my car wax manufacturer.

      And besides, his show does suck.

      -IB
      • 8 Years Ago
      Brad Greenwood (and others)-

      Atticus divorced the daughter YEARS before he was fired. As one other poster here put it (and got it right-on!) ... Atticus divorced her because she was cheating on him (something I didn't want to mention, but someone else did) and Barry kpet him on his CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER position (he wasn't in the mail room, folks) because he built the company into much more than it ever was ... And it was a solid company to begin with. And I see where some people this discussion into something totally other than what the topic is about, so it's become a bit boring ... Why is it some people can't say anything (and in my experience, they are usually Libertarians, Ayn Rand kooks or right-wing christians) without it lasting a minimum of 12 poorly-written pages? Hey! Calm down! It's a joke!

      Also, according to the LA TIMES, Barry apparently not only fired people due to their personal beliefs, but also trained his company's Human Resources people in how to ask 'trick' questions in an attempt to find out if the interviewing prospective employee was "christian" or not.

      Let's not lose sight of the TIMES piece and the quotes from the attorneys involved.

      My guess? This will end with a settlement and some sort of civil rights action against Barry, calling for a settlement with the government, too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Being from the OC, it is common knowledge that Firey divorced his wife after she cheated on him. He was tough as a leader, but he got rid of all the bible thumping jack offs out of the company and grew it to over $100mill. It is not a crime to want people to perform, but it is a crime to try bribe them to read the bible and pray! Cant wait to see how this plays out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The fired guy has a grudge. Discussion over. The photo creeps me out, too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "...and is led by founding family member, Barry Meguiar."

      Did Barry found the company or inherit it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's it, I'm done with Meguiar's. The show stinks and there are excellent alternatives for every product they make. Born-again douchebags.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The "religious" charges are the disgruntled employees opinion. Maybe he feels guilty because he's not up to par in that area. No sense raking Meguiars over the coals. They are being attacked by one man, yet have many years of customer service and good products to be proud of.

      Pull your weight and then you won't get fired, buddy!
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