A Yankton, South Dakota boy claims he was the vicitim of anti-gay discrimination at a local taco chain, and he’s got the name-tag to prove it.
Tyler Brandt, a 16-year-old employee of Taco Johns, said his boss was verbally abusive and bullied him regularly for being openly gay. The last straw came when he was forced to wear a name tag reading “gaytard.”
Here’s some details from KELO and a video version of the story below:
“He pulled me into the office and gave me a nametag that read ‘Gaytard’ on it and asked me to wear it. So, 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.
Brandt says he tried taking it off several times, but he says the manager forced him to wear it all day in front of the customers.
“I would always stay behind the till so they couldn’t see the name tag, I didn’t want them to see it, but even though they couldn’t see it, he would still call me by the name across the store and customers would notice,” Brandt said.
Brandt says the verbal abuse from the manager continued until the moment he left the store. After talking with his partner and close friends, he decided to quit the next day.
“After I handed them over my uniform, they really didn’t say anything, they just said ‘ok’ and when we went to walk out, he lifted out his hand and said ‘Nametag?’ as though he deserved to have that name tag after his son labeled me,” Brandt said.