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Applebees Fails to Pay Autistic Worker for Over a Year

An Applebees in Middletown, Rhode Island, first hired Caleb Dyl, 21, sometime in 2014 as part of an unpaid training program. He was supposed to start receiving wages for his part-time job as a prep cook in August 2014. Yet, Caleb's father, Bob Dyl, said he and his wife signed Caleb up for direct deposit and also filled out a W-4 form, but he never received any checks.

The Dyls then filled out another set of paperwork in November 2014, but their son remained unpaid. Bob said, “He was enjoying the job, so we really weren’t focused on the income so much. But after that amount of time, you kind of wonder what’s going on.”

Caleb was placed at the Applebee's job through Resources for Human Development, a state-funded agency that helps workers with developmental disabilities find employment. Eleanor Clancy, regional director of operations for the Applebee's chain, said, “RHD never contacted us. The first we heard of this was when you [Target 12] called. But this is on us. We obviously feel terrible.”

According to the Economic Policy Institute, wage theft costs workers in low-wage industries about $50 billion a year.

Caleb, who worked at the restaurant three days a week for about a year, will reportedly receive payment for 166 hours of work. Although the Dyls said their son worked much more than 166 hours and should be receiving more wages. Caleb stopped working at the restaurant in July 2015.

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