A Chick-fil-A employee recorded themselves questioning their manager for firing them after they attempted to work other duties than the ones they were assigned while sick.
The clip, which was uploaded by TikTok user @kaitlin.slovek, features a discussion between a Chick-fil-A employee and their manager. The manager calls the person recording the video Jaden, and tells him that her reasoning for firing him is due to the fact that she believes he isn't a good fit for a location.
The young man (Jaden) tells her multiple times throughout the clip that he feels sick while working in the kitchen and doesn't feel like he should be fired just because he gets ill while around food. He notes that because he had diarrhea and was vomiting on that particular day, it's probably best that he isn't working around food either.
A text overlay in the clip reads: "POV: you get fired for throwing up," and the video begins with a Chick-fil-A employee walking out of a back room in a Chick-fil-A restaurant and onto a tiled dining room floor.
The chatter of customers and business activity occurs around her as she steps through the restaurant, past seated customers, and through another door that leads to the location's kitchen.
The worker who is recording the video approaches someone who speaks to another employee loading up chicken nuggets into a box. They tell the manager that they're willing to work and have no problem performing tasks outside, seemingly intoning that they can't be indoors in the kitchen because they feel sick.
The worker the person recording the camera is speaking to appears to be a manager at the location, who goes on to inform them that they need to be performing the same tasks that everyone else on shift is currently doing: "You gotta do what the rest of the team needs to be done. You gotta be able to work the position that I need you to work."
The woman he speaks to then goes on to tell him that if he is unable to work the position that is handed to him then he needs to go home.
"I just feel like it's unfair that I'm being fired for that," the employee recording the video says.
He goes onto inform the manager that he let someone know beforehand what "was going on with [him]" and that he's willing to work for the day but that there are just limitations to what he can handle while on shift due to his sickness.
"It's a food safety hazard even me being around it."
The manager responds, "I mean that's not what really we're arguing—"
"I've been having diarrhea and throwing up," he replies.
As she continues to work in the kitchen, she explains her reasoning for firing the employee. "Yeah and Kaden, Jaden I get that and I'm not arguing that you're sick, I'm not doubting the fact that you feel sick, I'm telling you that I don't feel this is a good fit for you, because you have been sick a lot."
The worker attempts to interject again, stating that he doesn't understand why he's being fired, to which the manager goes on to explain further: "In your 60 days I don't feel like this is a good fit for you, you shouldn't think that this is a good fit for you either."
The employee recording the video says that he's worked at Chick-fil-A for 8 months..."
The manager tells him again that she doesn't feel like he's a good fit for the location because they run their shifts a particular way, to which the employee responds that he's going to contact someone else, presumably another manager, about the issue.
The worker that he speaks with informs him that this is "fine" and he's free to do what he wants pertaining to the matter.
A number of commenters appeared to be on Jaden's side: "Wtf is this, could easily sue for wrongful termination and for violating food safety procedure," one person wrote, agreeing that they wouldn't want someone who says that they have diarrhea and are throwing up to be manning food stations.
Another encouraged him to get the health department involved in the situation: "Call the health department they will definitely do something about that"
Someone else remarked that the one minute and nineteen second video featuring the conversation between the two is proof that fast food companies discriminate against individuals who are "chronically ill."