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A gay South Dakota teen is speaking out after allegedly being forced to wear a homophobic name tag at his job at a fast-food Mexican restaurant.
Tyler Brandt, 16, says his manager at Taco John's in Yankton was agitated with him and verbally abusive from the time he first started working there, according to local news station KELO. The situation came to a head on Monday, June 23, when he said the manager gave him a name tag that read "Gaytard."
"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 told the station. 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.
Earlier this month, Taco John's partnered with STOMP Out Bullying, a bullying-prevention group, in an effort to spread awareness about and put an end to the problem.
Yankton Taco John manager John Scott, however, has a different story. He told the Press & Dakotan that Brandt chose to wear the offensive name tag.
“From what I understand, they were all joking around," Scott said. "Everyone has a nickname here, and he wanted a nickname. [Gaytard is] what he picked for a nickname. He wasn’t forced to wear the name tag. He asked the manager to make that name tag for him. He handed it to him. He didn’t tell him he had to wear it. He put it on himself and created the situation. He said the manager forced him to do it. The manager didn’t force him to do anything.”
originally posted by: Sremmos80
Those comments of people that say they ate there read totally made up. And the one where the review says gaytard over and over again takes the cake.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
Whether the kid asked for the nametag or not is not really all that relevant. If the manager allowed him to wear it, the manager was allowing him to create a hostile work environment. Moreoever, it could be seen as an EEOC issue if someone wants to allege a frivolous attitude toward mentally impaired people.
If you are a manager, you are criminally and civilly liable for your decisions. That means you can be sued personally for what you do.
Perhaps Brandt is a tool, perhaps not, I don't know for sure. But I can say without any doubt that the manager is a complete idiot.