On Saturday, December 2, Angelica Selena Martinez from Miami, Florida, shared a story that has inspired outrage on Twitter. McDonald's recently fired her brother Alex, who has a mild form of autism, due to what appears to be discrimination.
my brother was fired from mcdonald's slowly based off discrimination. he has mild autism and was super excited about starting his first day. not even a week in and they let him go. their reasoning? "his hands were a little too shaky when he gets anxious" @McDonalds pic.twitter.com/bNvnnYFb2i— solely (@kiniii_) December 2, 2017
I went in on Monday morning for an interview. I gave them my résumé that said I was autistic. I didn’t work anywhere before so this would be my first job. She told me to come back Tuesday to start training. On the fourth day, they sent me home early and said, 'Don’t worry you’re not fired.'
I invited my social worker to meet my supervisor and she came to see her. But my supervisor wasn't available. My social worker told me she was never able to speak to my supervisor again because my supervisor was never available. And whenever she would call to speak to my supervisor she was hung up on.
I really tried to have a job since I didn’t want to stay home and always ask my mom for money. I had to take two buses to get to my job. I was on time every day and sometimes there even before I had to start.
I did nothing wrong — I was always careful while handling change, my registers always had the right money. I don’t like that they didn’t tell me personally. I feel like they weren’t treating me like a normal human being and made me feel like I was inadequate and worthless. I still haven’t gotten paid for the time I worked and they still haven’t told me when I will get paid. I just don’t understand.
we're thinking about moving from houses and this is his response. he still doesn't know he's fired since they didn't even tell him himself- and we don't have the heart to. is this the message you want to send ppl with disabilities? @McDonalds what happened to no discrimination? pic.twitter.com/3tLJaEa0i0— solely (@kiniii_) December 2, 2017
This literally breaks my heart .Your brother can do anything he wants to in this world . McDonalds is trash anyways and your an amazing sister for standing up to them . God bless 🙏🏽— rí🍒 (@HelloTrillary) December 3, 2017
Tell your brother that McDonald’s didn’t deserve someone as great as him. I have anxiety and when I get nervous I shake too. Does that mean I should get fired? I don’t understand why they would fire your brother. I hope he ends up getting an amazing job! He deserves it❤️❤️— ستاره (@persiandelightx) December 3, 2017
They have every right to be working members of society, and should NOT be discriminated against due to their disability. We feel very humbled to be reached out to and have our voice heard.
We have investigated these claims made on social media regarding an employee of my restaurant and I am working with my restaurant team to fully understand the situation. At my restaurant we have a long standing history of creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace. I am committed to providing training and development opportunities for all and value the contributions of all members of my crew.