UPDATE: The discrimination charge, which was filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the North Dakota Department of Labor, alleges that Taco John's violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the South Dakota Human Rights Act.

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of South Dakota, and co-counsel Stephanie E. Pochop have submitted charges to state and federal agencies against Taco John's of Yankton, Inc. and Taco John's International Inc. The discrimination charges were filed on behalf of Tyler Brandt, a 16-year-old employee who was forced to wear a "Gaytard" name tag while working.
 
According to the discrimination charge, the night-shift manager at Taco John's forced Tyler to wear a name tag that read "Gaytard" on the night of June 23, 2014, and loudly addressed Tyler as such in front of customers for the duration of his shift. Brandt returned to the restaurant the following day to resign from his position.
 
The discrimination charge, which was filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the North Dakota Department of Labor, alleges that Taco John's violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the South Dakota Human Rights Act.

No one should have to face slurs in their workplace – no boss should be allowed to label their employee with insults.

 

This is why the ACLU is representing Tyler with his charge of discrimination against Taco John’s - but it's time they also apologize to Tyler and publicly speak out against discrimination and bullying in the workplace.

All corporations, including Taco John's, have a responsibility to ensure that their franchises understand that discrimination is unacceptable and illegal.

Click here to stand with Tyler.

 

Date filed

September 24, 2014

Status

Victory!

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