An autistic man in Rhode Island worked at Applebee’s for nearly a year without receiving a paycheck.
Caleb Dyl, of Portsmouth, found the job at the Middletown restaurant through the state-funded Resources for Human Development program. What started out as a job-training initiative was supposed to culminate in Dyl being hired in August 2014, according to WPRI.
“We were told by RHD that Applebee’s was going to hire him, and he was going to get paid,” Dyl’s father, Bob, told the station. In fact, Dyl’s parents said they signed their son up for direct deposit and filled out a W-4 form, but the money never came.
The 21-year-old reportedly worked at Applebee’s part-time, three days a week, four hours each day, according to WPRI.
Teens and young adults with disabilities are sometimes targeted for abuse by malicious peers, but co-workers and others in the training program spoke highly of Dyl, identifying him as a “productive worker” and saying they were lucky to have him.
Dyl’s father said, however, that he had told RHD several times that his son was not being paid for his work, but Eleanor Clancy, Applebee’s regional director of operations, said the company didn’t find out about the discrepancy until after WPRI contacted it.
“RHD never contacted us,” Clancy said. “The first we heard of this was when (WPRI) called. But this is on us. We obviously feel terrible.”
The restaurant is now trying to rectify the issue by sending Dyl a check for 166 hours worth of work. The problem is that Dyl and his family claim that the man worked closer to 350 hours over the course of the year.
A paycheck for 166 hours would equate to Dyl, who said he worked 12 hours a week, getting paid for roughly 13 weeks. This is far short of the nearly 30 weeks the man’s family says he actually worked. Clancy explained that Dyl never “clocked in” when he came to work, making it difficult to figure out the exact amount owed to him.
RHD is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. If Dyl wasn’t getting paid, RHD should have reached out to Applebee’s, but, according to a spokeswoman from the agency, there were no records of this occurring.
When asked to comment on the situation, RHD told WPRI that confidentiality rules would not allow it.
H/T The Daily Caller
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