RI Applebee’s agrees to pay autistic man for hours worked

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A Portsmouth man with autism who worked for a local Applebee’s restaurant for about a year without getting paid will now get the money he is due.

As first reported by Target 12, Caleb Dyl, 21, worked as a prep-cook at the Middletown restaurant, beginning in August of 2014, but he never received a check.

The social service agency Resources for Human Development (RHD) placed Dyl in the job.

At the time of Target 12’s initial report, Applebee’s agreed to pay Dyl 166 hours in back pay – the number of hours RHD records indicated Dyl worked. However, his parents insisted the total was about 480.

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According to Eleanor Clancy, a New England regional director of operations for the Applebee’s chain, the restaurant has now agreed to pay Dyl for the 480 hours.

Clancy told Target 12 that our call was the first they heard about the pay delay problem.

The R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals said it is still investigating what happened.

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