A McDonald’s employee has claimed his boss told him to ‘act less gay’.
Sean Bailey, a burger flipper at the fast food chain in Auckland, New Zealand, said he has been discriminated against on two separate occasions.
It comes as staff are protesting against unfair wages and working hours, among other issues.
Speaking to One News, Bailey said: ‘One of my managers said, “if you act gay on my shift, I will discipline you.”
‘He also said, “if you turn anyone else in the store gay, I will punish you and make you lose your job”.’
Bailey said the comments forced him to call in sick because he could not face working with a homophobe, meaning he lost work hours and money.
He says the manager was told to apologize and ended up moving to another store in central Auckland.
‘I think the punishment was unfair for something so serious,’ Bailey said. ‘Even though he had moved stores there’s nothing to stop him from doing the same thing somewhere else.’
A spokeswoman for McDonald’s said there are policies in place to protect staff against discrimination.
She said: ‘We take 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.’
The report comes after a McDonald’s in Washington revealed its support for transgender rights, making it policy to allow anyone to use their bathrooms.