16 year old Tyler Brandt’s supervisor required him to wear a name tag labeled “GAYTARD” while he worked at a Taco John’s restaurant in Yankton, South Dakota. Tyler was intentionally humiliated in front of customers and coworkers to the point that he felt he had no option but to quit his job.
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:
Transcript of video:
Tyler ACLU Video:
Tyler speaking: Hi, my name is Tyler. I’m 16 years old and I’m gay. This summer I got a job at a Taco John’s here in Yankton in South Dakota. I had a manager that ordered me to wear a name tag which I only wore because I didn’t want to lose my job.
Throughout the night whenever a customer came in I would stand behind the counter where they couldn’t read the name tag, but even still my manager was yelling at me calling me a “gaytard” in front of my coworker and the customers that came in.
I honestly think that Taco John’s needs to promise me that it’s not going to happen to anyone else. Please stand with me and sign this petition to Taco John’s asking them to set a good example to speak out against bullying and homophobia.
We will be submitting this petition to the national headquarters of Taco John’s and we need all the signatures we can get. Your signatures could really help.
Slide says: Stand with Tyler, Fight Against Workplace Discrimination.