Agave Jalisco, a Mexican restaurant in Corpus Christi, Texas, fired an employee after a customer’s report of a homophobic incident went viral on Facebook.
Sandra Clement, a local high school principal, wrote in a Facebook post (since deleted) that she was at the restaurant with her gay son and his boyfriend when an employee began taunting them.
The Caller-Times reported on Clement’s post: “(Clement’s son and his boyfriend) exchanged a hug as they entered the restaurant and a male employee pointed at them while talking to some female employees seated at a table and screamed ‘jotos.’ (The employee) proceeded to walk to the kitchen tossing his towel in the air loudly singing ‘jotos’ over and over again. “The other employees in the kitchen, the female employees seated at a table, and the waiter was laughing and looking at my son and his boyfriend.”
The restaurant fired the employee, releasing a statement:
On behalf of Agave Jalisco Restaurant on Ayers, the owners, and it’s employees, we want to make the following statement:
Agave Jalisco Restaurant wants to offer our most sincere apology. We want to make a statement regarding the event that happened on August 30, 2018. Where a young man and his boyfriend were allegedly called a derogatory slur in Spanish and taunted. Agave Jalisco is an independent, family-owned, business. We the owner’s and management know the seriousness of this issue, and want to state that we do not condone or accept this type of homophobic behavior from any single person who is a part of the team of Agave Jalisco.
Unfortunately, we can not control the actions of our employees 100% of the time and sometimes we have issues come up. However, in our findings, we found that the employee who allegedly said these derogatory, homophobic statements, was no longer fit to give any type of customer service with Agave Jalisco and it’s team. This employee will be terminated. In order to ensure that this never happens again, we will also be making the entire Agave Jalisco team take a sensitivity class as soon as possible.
We want to reiterate that the actions of this employee in no way reflect Agave Jalisco Restaurant and it’s values or beliefs. The Clement family has been reached out too, in order to offer a personal apology. We are writing this statement now as a public apology to the Clement family, Miguel Clement, and his boyfriend. We here at Agave Jalisco are truly sorry for what happened that day, and will strive to always make Agave Jalisco a loving, accepting business, free of judgment. We will make sure this never happens again.
Clement was pleased with the response, writing on Facebook: “Our son, his boyfriend, and our family applaud Agave Jalisco for taking swift action in addressing the unfortunate incident. Although they cannot control every employee, they have stepped up to ensure they are held accountable. Much appreciated! We encourage all community members to join us in supporting Agave Jalisco as they have shown true character and compassion. I will delete all social media posts I made on the incident so we can move forward as a community. I can’t put into words how thankful we are for all the love and support our son and his boyfriend has received. Above all else, let’s be kind.”