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Yankton teen speaks out about alleged harassment at fast-food store

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 A derogatory name tag has lit a firestorm of controversy in southeastern South Dakota.

KSFY News spoke with the teenager who was forced to wear the name tag.     

The language on the name tag may be disturbing.

A fast food job can teach a teenager a lot of things about teamwork or earning your own money but one Yankton teen got a lesson at Taco John's that he didn't expect.

And that's the power of words.

Tyler Brandt claims he was subject to harassment at work and forced to wear an embarrassing name tag. The store's owner Mike Scott says its not true . He says people are not hearing the whole story and that his family members have received death threats . The owner admits they made the nametag but that Tyler is the one who wanted it made with the disparaging nickname.

"How does that sound logical? I'm going to go in to Taco John's while I'm on the job, and honestly, quite frankly, I didn't even want to be there that day because of the stuff that happened the past week.  Yeah, I'm going to go in there and ask my manager to make me a name tag that says 'gaytard' on it for me to wear during work. Does that sound logical to you?," Brandt said.

It's now case of 'he said, he said,' which both sides may take to court.

Tyler is hoping his fellow co-workers or customers will come forward and speak out with him.

Taco John's CEO Jeff Linville sent the following response to the allegations.

"At Taco John's, we believe everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. We take any accusation of workplace harassment very seriously. The type of discrimination that reportedly took place recently in the Yankton, South Dakota restaurant is deplorable. Such actions will not be tolerated by our company. Taco John's is committed to doing all we can to make certain nothing like this happens again in any of our restaurants," Linville said.

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