The past few years have been marked by a significant uptick in political correctness within the nation’s workforce, which has led major corporations to embrace far-left policies and has even cost otherwise qualified conservatives their jobs.
Andrew Crapuchettes claims he was one of those Americans who was fired for the cultural crime of being too conservative. Fortunately, he explained in a recent interview, he was in a position to do something about it.
After getting in on the ground floor of a tech company that eventually grew to become an industry titan, he said its board of directors decided to kick him out because of his right-wing ideology and Christian faith.
“So I was the CEO of a $50 million tech company about a year and a half ago,” Crapuchettes said. “And my board decided I was too conservative a Christian for their liking.”
He said he landed on his feet after he was fired and began formulating his next move, explaining: “So I found myself delightfully unemployed and thought, if this happened to me I wonder if it is happening to others in the labor force, right?”
A short time later, Crapuchettes said that it became clear he was hardly alone.
“That’s what a lot of people went through,” he said, citing “vaccine mandates” and other requirements that drew objections from many conservatives.
“But there’s a lot of other situations in this woke ideology in the workplace, where people have to either compromise their values or lose their job,” he added. “And so, I thought, there’s got to be a better way.”
His solution came to fruition when he launched Red Balloon, which he describes as “a labor exchange for the freedom economy” and “job matchmaking for conservatives.”
The company launched last year with the goal of expanding workplace freedom and eliminating discrimination among associates on the basis of personal beliefs. Employers affiliated with Red Balloon must sign a so-called “Employee Bill of Rights,” which enshrines such liberties for workers.
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Crapuchette believes his business model could prevent Americans from experiencing the hardships of countless others in the workforce.
“How gut-wrenching it is when you think if I don’t compromise my values I can’t feed my kids, right?” he concluded.
Author Vivek Ramaswarmy appeared on Fox News earlier this year to weigh in on vanishing “diversity of thought” in the U.S. corporate world.
“I think that employees today have a civic duty and a duty to their companies to speak their minds openly,” he said, adding that “there has never been a time in my adult life where there has been a bigger gap between what people were willing to say in private and what people were willing to say in public.”