Thursday, July 3, 2014
In a story which manages to offend two different protected groups, a 16-year-old gay employee of a South Dakota fast food taco restaurant alleges that he we was forced to wear a name tag referring to himself as “Gaytard”. The worker maintains that he feared for his job if he declined to put on the offensive badge. From the story at Huffingtonpost, the worker stated:
“ ‘I put it on because I didn't want to upset [the manager] 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,’ . . . He said he tried to remove the tag during the day but that the manager forced him to wear it in front of customers for his shift. . . A manager at the restaurant has denied the allegation.”
The facts of employment discrimination cases never cease to amaze me, even in our current day and age. If true, these allegations are both offensive and incredible.
-- Joe Seiner