Longtime associate of Wendy with Down syndrome, Dennis Peek, was fired


Where is humanity?

A longtime Wendy’s employee with Down Syndrome was reportedly fired from his job in North Carolina without notice – and his angry claims management sister told her it was because he couldn’t do the job like a ‘normal’ person.

Dennis Peek, 51, worked for Wendy’s in Stanley, NC, about 30 minutes outside of Charlotte, for more than 20 years, his sister Cona Young Turner wrote on Facebook.

“It breaks my heart to say they fired him,” she wrote in Wednesday’s statement, adding, “They told me I was unfit to perform the responsibilities of a normal human job.”

“His dream was to retire from there one day and he was looking forward to a big farewell party. Maybe we’ll just give him this party and tell him he retired because he doesn’t understand being fired,” she continued.

“I am also considering wrongful termination of a special needs employee, wish me luck! I am very disappointed in the management at Wendy’s in Stanley, they have no idea how they hurt my brother!”

The post was shared more than 12,000 times.

Dennis’ sister, Cona Young Turner, said Wendy claimed he couldn’t perform the duties of a “normal” person.
Wendy's eventually offered Dennis his job back, but he won't be returning.
Wendy’s eventually offered Dennis his job back, but he won’t be returning.

Turner added without explanation that the company had offered Dennis his job back.

“My heart is overwhelmed by the support you have all given to my brother and I! Thank you all!!” She wrote.

Ultimately, Turner wrote, Dennis will not be returning to his job.

“He’s going to have his BIG RETIREMENT party that he wanted. Wendy’s has offered to help him with expenses and everything else for his special day. I feel in my heart that I should do what is best for my brother at this point,” she wrote.

Wendy’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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