They shouted at a KFC employee and told him to shave off his beard, which he used to hide the facial scars he received during his battle with leukemia.
The man, known only as Ryan, wants an apology after being humiliated in front of his co-workers and clients at the New Zealand restaurant.
He grew facial hair because he was aware of his scars.
A KFC employee was forced to shave his beard, which used to hide the facial scars he received during his battle with leukemia.
"There were a lot of scars at first, it's healed a little now, but it's more mental, self-conscious," Ryan told Stuff.
They shouted at him and threatened to take disciplinary action in June, before being told to buy a razor and shave his beard at the place of the establishment.
"I was quite upset, upset, it had never been a problem until that day, I did not expect it at all.
When Ryan refused, they told him to quit the job, and he was left without pay.
He wrote a letter to the head office, explaining his desire to hide the scars caused by facial reconstruction as a child when he was diagnosed with leukemia.
They shouted at him and threatened to take disciplinary action in June, before he was told to buy a shaver and shave his beard at the place, in the shop
In the letter, he noted that people with legal reasons, religious beliefs or current medical conditions were legally required to be provided with a hairnet or a hairnet for facial hair.
He suggested that he should also be offered the same indulgence.
He said that he had suffered intimidation and harassment throughout his childhood due to his condition, and that he would not tolerate it in the work force either.
In addition to an apology, Ryan wanted a refund for the lost payday.
While a KFC spokesperson confirmed that the company was investigating Ryan's complaint, he never received a response to his letter.
He counted on the help of Unite Union, which represents the food industry, to help him in his case.
& # 39; Yes [KFC’s] you can not trust that representatives do not abuse general policies like this, so you should look more closely at their policies and how they are implemented at the store level, "the union said in a statement.
"The company has openly ignored a very serious complaint here."