A McDonald’s manager has reportedly harassed and disciplined an employee for acting “too gay.” The branch, in New Zealand, saw the manager tell Sean Bailey that if he “turns anyone else in the store gay, I will punish you and make you lose your job.”
“One of my managers said, ‘if you act gay on my shift, I will discipline you,’” Bailey told NZTV. “I had to call in sick just because I couldn’t work with him, which meant I lost work hours and money.”
According to Bailey, the manager repeatedly scolded him to change his voice because it sounded “too gay.”
After delivering a forced apology, the unidentified manager switched branches.
“I think the punishment was unfair for something so serious. Even though he had moved stores there’s nothing to stop him from doing the same thing somewhere else,” said Bailey.
A McDonald’s spokesperson released a statement after the incident saying the fast food giant protects its staff against all forms of discrimination.
“[McDonald’s] takes complaints of this nature very seriously. In this specific case the restaurant followed internal processes but due to privacy restrictions we cannot discuss the outcome.””¨
Aside from the incident, the fast food giant has had to face workers’ compensation for the past six months.