Thursday, July 3, 2014

In the News – Employee Required to wear Homophobic Nametag

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

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The operative phrase is "if true." Recall the Facebook meme about the note written in lieu of a tip to a homosexual waiter. Ultimately proven false, if memory serves.

Of course, perhaps the author can explain why an employee is permitted to advertise his sexual preferences (exhibitionism), and then complain when others respond negatively?

Posted by: James Young | Jul 7, 2014 5:40:00 PM

Gosh, I did not know that because of some liars that we must know seriously doubt all allegations of discrimination against gay employees. I also did not know that announcing that one is gay is exhibitionism. Is my family portrait demonstrating I am straight or my comments about my wife exhibitionism?

Posted by: Per Son | Jul 8, 2014 11:17:40 AM

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