Over the weekend, Angelica Selena Martinez, a 21-year-old woman from Miami, claimed that a local McDonalds store fired her younger brother, Alex, because he has "shaky hands." Alex has mild autism, suggesting that McDonald's may have fired him because of his disability, according to sources.
“My brother was fired from McDonald’s [solely] based off discrimination,” Angelica wrote on Twitter.
More than 80,000 people have shared Angelica's tweet, and more than 150,000 have liked or commented on it.
Alex claims that the fast-food chain was fully aware of his condition before he was hired.
According to BuzzFeed News, the hiring manager told Alex to come back on Tuesday to begin training after being hired. On the fourth day, they sent him home early and remarked to him, "Don't worry you're not fired."
But then, when he was supposed to return to work again, Alex's grandma told him that he was let go. The local McDonald's branch had reached out to her, rather than to Alex directly, in order to inform the family that Alex was no longer allowed to come back to work. Alex's social worker attempted to meet with the manager who had ordered the firing, but he was unavailable. The social worker was not able to get in touch with any management via telephone.
Alex feels that he did nothing wrong and claims that he wasn't fired for any valid reason.
“I did nothing wrong — I was always careful while handling change, my registers always had the right money,” Alex says.
He continued, “I don’t like that they didn’t tell me personally. I feel like they weren’t treating me like a normal human being and made me feel like I was inadequate and worthless. I still haven’t gotten paid for the time I worked and they still haven’t told me when I will get paid. I just don’t understand.”
Many on social media are supporting Alex and blasting the local McDonald's store.
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