Gay Teen Forced To Wear 'GAYTARD' Name Tag At Work
From the Associated Press:
An openly gay 16-year-old Yankton boy is accusing a fast food restaurant of forcing him to wear a name tag with a homophobic slur in front of customers.
Tyler Brandt resigned from Taco John’s on Tuesday. He says he kept the name tag as evidence, and he and his father are considering suing the restaurant for discrimination.
Restaurant Manager John Scott says Brandt chose the slur himself as a nickname joke, and was not forced to wear the name tag.
Officials with Taco John’s International Inc. say they won’t investigate the matter because franchise locations are independently owned and operated. But the company says it does not tolerate workplace harassment and that franchisees are required to have anti-discrimination policies.
Hmm...so the Resident Manager's saying Brandt chose the name tag? Sure, that sounds likely.
Brandt provides his own run down of what occurred, telling KELO:
"He pulled me into the office and gave me a nametag that read 'Gaytard' on it and asked me to wear it. So, I put it on because I didn't want to upset him and I felt that if I did do anything to upset him, it would cause me to lose my job because he'd be looking for ways to fire me," Brandt said.
Brandt says he tried taking it off several times, but he says the manager forced him to wear it all day in front of the customers.
"I would always stay behind the till so they couldn't see the name tag, I didn't want them to see it, but even though they couldn't see it, he would still call me by the name across the store and customers would notice," Brandt said.
The abuse continue until he decided to quit.
"After I handed them over my uniform, they really didn't say anything, they just said 'ok' and when we went to walk out, he lifted out his hand and said 'Nametag?' as though he deserved to have that name tag after his son labeled me," Brandt said.
Here's video of the report:
What most concerns us is the statement from Taco John's International saying they won't be investigating the accusations. Anti-discrimination policies are useless if there's no means or intention to enforce them.
No word yet on whether the Resident Manager John Scott will face any consequences based on the allegations.
What's your take, Instincters?