Stop Workplace Discrimination

Taco John's

Target: CEO of Taco John’s, Jeff Linville

Goal: Demand fast-food restaurant publicly apologize for discrimination against a team member

A Taco John’s employee in Yankton, South Dakota, was recently publicly humiliated and discriminated against by his supervisor. Tyler Brandt was required to wear a name tag with the word “Gaytard” on it during his shifts at the establishment. Brandt was so humiliated by this treatment that he quit his job and is now pursuing a legal suit against the company. Discriminating against an employee in this way is terrible and should not be tolerated. Taco John’s must apologize for Brandt’s treatment and pledge that this will not be an issue in the future.

Because Taco John’s individual locations are franchises, the company claims that it has no jurisdiction over this kind of treatment. It is because of this that the company has yet to issue a public apology, or speak out against discrimination in the workplace. The fact is, discrimination is illegal and Brandt’s supervisor must be severely reprimanded for their actions. Taco John’s must step in and tell its franchises that discrimination will never be tolerated.

Urge Taco John’s CEO to publicly apologize to Brandt and promise that he will strictly enforce anti-discrimination efforts in all of his company’s franchises.


Dear Jeff Linville,

A now former employee of your franchise location in Yankton, South Dakota, was humiliated and discriminated against by his supervisor. Tyler Brandt, the disgraced employee, was required to wear a name tag with the word “Gaytard” on it. As you are well aware, Brandt’s treatment has not resonated well with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Brandt has partnered with the organization to rightfully demand a public apology.

Your company, Taco John’s, is on record stating that because each of its locations is a franchise, its jurisdiction cannot touch this discrimination issue. This reaction to Brandt’s treatment is appalling and simply not good enough. I, along with the undersigned, demand that Taco John’s publicly apologize to Brandt, as well as declare a public no-tolerance for discrimination policy. Mr. Linville, we are looking to you for a resolution to this blatant discrimination. Brandt does not deserve to be ignored. Please do the right thing and properly address this issue to ensure that it does not happen again.


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