Teen Says He Was Forced To Wear ‘Gaytard’ Name Tag At Work
Tyler Brandt of South Dakota says the manager at his fast food job forced him to war a tag that said “Gaytard” on it.
“I’ve been very vulnerable, and I’ve been allowing him to say things to me that shouldn’t be said, and after a while I was just worried about being terminated from my position at Taco John’s,” the teen said.
The verbal abuse escalated, the teen said, and the manager pulled him into his office and gave Brandt a nametag 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 said.
The teen said he tried taking off the nametag several times, but the manager forced him to wear it all day in front of customers…
The restaurant manager declined comment, but Taco John’s CEO Jeff Linville said the company takes workplace harassment claims seriously.
“The type of discrimination that reportedly took place recently in the Yankton, South Dakota, restaurant is deplorable,” Linville said in a statement. “Such actions will not be tolerated by our company.”