Dylan, a burger chain worker Shake Shack, reported being beaten, harassed and threatened by his own peers for homophobia after finishing working in Mexico City.
In a video, the young man reported that two companions—whom he named as Brayan and Lucero—waited for him at the end of his shift in the early morning of Saturday, February 29 to insult and harass him.
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Dylan narrated that both guys punched him in the face and broke his glasses. «Take advantage of a moment of carelessness on their part and I ran to the cars and they followed me with threats and with the intention of continuing to hit me,» he posted on his Twitter account.
He even said that was the second time they tried to assault and intimidate him.
Today at approximately 1:40 a.m. I suffered a homophobic assault by two co-workers outside @shakeshackmx #ShakeShack where I work. I open Thread. I hope you’ll help me share. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/x7THwroke9
— Dylan (@Dylanosaurio) February 29, 2020
Dylan said he filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office in Mexico City, so an investigating officer accompanied him to his work, along with his mother, to search for cameras and information from the assailants, with the aim of notifying them.
«My researcher asked my manager Aurora for support with information from the offenders and support with the cameras. It took a long time to come back to tell us that it couldn’t because it was private information but as soon as I asked for it I would give it to us,» he explained.
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Not finding the alleged assailants, the young man withdrew from the scene. However, minutes later his manager—who would also have received verbal assaults from the authors—informed him that the appointed colleagues were in the shoes to resign.
«They already see the situation of things. At the last minute and without any evidence, denunciation or witness I wanted to minimize my aggression by saying almost that I had invented everything and that they were the ones who were afraid and that’s why they resigned.»
«They had no choice but to sign the notice that they can’t have any contact with me and that if they try there will be a more severe sanction,» Dylan said.
Until March 2, Shake Shack responded to Dylan’s publications, where he said he would not tolerate acts of discrimination and that the alleged perpetrators no longer work in the burger chain.
Hey, Dylan! In Shake Shack
we foster an environment of respect within our facilities so we are against any kind of discrimination.
— Shake Shack Mexico (@shakeshackmx) March 2, 2020
«People who assaulted Dylan no longer work at Shake Shack. We’ve been in direct contact with him, committed to following up on the case and supporting him in whatever he needs,» the company said.
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