SHOCKED: McDonald's worker Divine Tenn
FAST FOOD giants McDonald’s have become embroiled in a race storm after a former employee came forward over a racist culture that meant black employees were intentionally being discriminated against.
As reported in The Mirror, Divine Tenn, 18, was shocked after confronting her assistant manager Jaskaran Singh Khela over her lack of hours only to be told that the hours of all black staff was limited.
Tenn, who started working for the Birmingham branch in March 2014 on a zero hours’ contract, had been saving up for university and working on average 20 hours a week.
The aspiring student was earning an estimated £400 a month but attempted to take on extra shifts for which she was refused.
She said: “I spoke to some of the other employees, who happened to be black, and they said they hadn’t been allowed to pick up any shifts either.”
According to The Mirror, Khela told Tenn in a recorded phone conversation: “The black people can’t take no shifts” because “they’re not performing.”
It is alleged that two black members of staff had been "underperforming", and as a result the remaining 20 black members of staff, who make up a third of the entire workforce, were being targeted and having their hours cut.
Tenn immediately handed in her resignation and reported the incident to head office but is still awaiting a reply.
The teenager said: “I am absolutely disgusted that a company so big and who I have worked hard for for over a year could treat me like this.”
Describing the incident as "shocking" and "depressing" she added: “I can’t believe that racism still exists in this day and age. It’s been really upsetting for me and the other black members of staff, who now feel too uncomfortable to work there.”
A McDonald’s spokesman said: “We took this incident extremely seriously and launched a full investigation. The employee concerned no longer works for the company and support is in place for the members of staff affected by the incident.
"McDonald’s is an inclusive employer and any incidences of discrimination against our employees will not be tolerated.”