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Here’s How Denny’s Responded When A Muslim Employee Said Their Rule Violated His Beliefs

A Muslim server in Ocala, Florida, says that he was fired from his job at a Denny’s restaurant for refusing to remove his head covering. He has now filed a discrimination complaint and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is investigating his allegations.

According to Ocala.com, Marlondejaun Guy, a U.S. citizen originally from Trinidad, says that his managers at Denny’s repeatedly asked him to remove his head covering, called a kufi, and refused to give him daytime hours if he did not.

In a video shared online (shown below), Guy says that his manager told him, “If you get rid of that hat, I promise I will give you day hours.”

Guy, a husband and father, adds that he wanted to work the day shift because during the night shift he only made a fraction of what daytime workers made, and he was struggling to get by and provide for his family. He repeatedly asked his managers for daytime hours, but they say they would not let him if he continued to wear the kufi.

One day, Guy traded a day shift with another employee and was sent home within 45 minutes.

“He’s only to be working at night,” a manager said, reprimanding the manager who approved the swap.

Last year, a manager of the Denny’s allegedly sent Guy a letter threatening termination because he violated the company’s dress code.

“It is with great sadness that I must tell you that if you do not conform to the proper dress code within 14 days, we will have to terminate your employment with the company,” the letter read, said Guy.

Guy was later fired.

Guy’s attorney, Michael Hanna, said that if the allegations are true, the letter gives them direct evidence of the discrimination against Guy. Guy has filed a discrimination complaint with the EEOC.

The franchise owner said that the company maintains policies against discrimination, Ocala.com reports.

“We do follow the brands standards regarding restaurant uniforms and uniform accommodation requests,” the franchise owner, EYM Diner LLC, said in a statement. “The allegations made by Mr. Guy do not contain all the facts and do not reflect the real reason for termination. We are confident that in a legal proceeding we will be cleared of any discrimination.”

Guy said that the small amount of money he made working the night shifts left him unable to pay his electricity bill. After being fired, he moved his family into a women’s shelter, sleeping in his car while his wife and daughter slept inside so his daughter could have access to electricity for her breathing machine. She had to have seven to 10 breathing treatments per day to treat her severe asthma and bronchitis.

Guys says that thanks to community support, he has been able to move back home, but that “money is running out very quickly.”

GoFundMe account was created to help support Guy and his family while the EEOC continues their investigation.

Sources: CBS MiamiYouTube

Photo Credit: Screenshot via YouTube

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. christ1islam

    September 18, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Someone who clearly lacks the intelligence to do what’s best to support his family is clearly using his family as an excuse to garner support from those without intelligence.

  2. peter Burke

    September 18, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I don’t understand that everyone of these types of stories, seem to be like Charles Dickens Christmas carol! The man is a idiot, I am certain the restaurant has hats for kitchen staff, which he could replace his knitted bonnet with? I feel that the company’s request for correct head wear is not unreasonable and his stupid attitude has lost him his income. He should be ashamed to try and play the discrimination card. His child has severe asthma and bronchitis why? Should he consider the his life style may be the problem?

  3. Bob

    September 18, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Stick with it Dennys. The next thing you know, they will be wanting to be wearing a burka. Or refusing customers that order bacon and eggs.

  4. Dorothy White

    September 19, 2017 at 4:27 am

    He had plenty of warnings to comply with the company dress code but yet he still refused. Om that basis he deserved to get fired. An employer cannot bend their rules to suit each individual employee. If he didn’t want to comply with their rules he shouldn’t have applied there to begin with. Stick to your guns Denny’s.

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