Teen fast food worker forced to wear ‘gaytard’ nametag
LAST UPDATED // Friday, 27 June 2014 16:29 Written by // Andrew Shaw
A US teenager working at a fast food restaurant is planning to take legal action, saying he was the victim of anti-gay abuse from his manager.
Sixteen-year-old Tyler Brandt (pictured) claims the manager of the Taco John's restaurant in Yankton, South Dakota abused him and even made him wear a nametag with the word ‘gaytard’ on it.
Brandt says he tried taking it off several times, but the manager forced him to wear it in front of the customers.
"I would always stay behind the till so they couldn't see the name tag,” said Brandt, who eventually quit the job. “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.”
In an emotional interview with a local TV station, Brandt broke down saying no one should be the victim of discrimination.
"I don't think that any person has to put up with what has been going on,” he said. “I don't think that anybody should have to put up with any kind of discrimination. It's not fair.”
A complaint has been filed with the American Civil Liberties Union regarding the allegations against Taco John's.
Taco John's CEO Jeff Linville said in a statement: “At Taco John’s, we believe everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. We take any accusation of workplace harassment very seriously. The type of discrimination that reportedly took place recently in the Yankton, South Dakota restaurant is deplorable. Such actions will not be tolerated by our company. Taco John’s is committed to doing all we can to make certain nothing like this happens again in any of our restaurants.”