Recently, a gender-fluid who was applying for an outsourced position in one of the leading fast food chains in the country got accepted but was not allowed to work in its office because of the applicant’s gender orientation.
In a Facebook post, Bunny Cadag who applied as a transcriber at Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) thru Human Capitol Development (HCD) Manpower Agency, was informed that it is not open to hiring people within the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.
Louis Angsico of HCD said that the company is still willing to hire Cadag only through recording, but not for office work because it does not entertain the idea of having an LGBT member in its office.
“Hindi pa sila welcoming sa idea na may transgender sa loob ng isa sa mga kwarto nila at gumagawa ng transkripsyon. Ang JFC raw ay may paniniwalang Katoliko,” Cadag said in an interview.
According to Cadag, the incident happened last June 30, 2017 after which he waited for an explanation from the manpower agency and Jollibee but with Angsico who was abroad, he was only able to get automated responses.
Cadag told ABS-CBN News, “Gusto kong tumindig at lumabas ang nangyari, kaso naghintay ako nang matagal, feeling ko walang mangyayari.”
“Nasasaktan ako sa mga hindi pa rin malawak ang pang-unawa sa LGBT community, though hindi naman natin maiiwasan ‘yun,” Cadag said with great disappointment. Cadag shared that this wasn’t the first time this incident happened because he was aware that there have been similar cases before.
“Maganda rin naman ito para magkaroon ng discussion,” Cadag added.
Actually, Cadag said that JFC has already reached out and sent their apologies. But Cadag claimed that there were inconsistencies in the company’s policy.
“They apologized pero di pa sila nag-take ownership sa situation. Nagkaroon daw ng inconsistencies sa policy ng company,” Cadag declared.
Meanwhile, Jollibee Foods Corp. issued a public apology noting that it was an isolated incident and that the company does not tolerate gender discrimination.
To quote, Jollibee said , “This experience has taught us that we should further heighten awareness and understanding of this policy across the organization.”
Cadag commented, “Personally gusto ko ng pormal na paliwanag mula sa Jollibee kung talagang hindi sila handa na makipagtrabaho sa mga tulad ko. At paliwanag din sa HCD kung ano ang mekanismo nila upang hindi ma-compromise ang kanilang mga outsourced personnel gaya ko kung may kliyente na may discrimatory policies.”
Cadag stated further, “Gusto kong patunayan nila ito sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaroon ng company policy on anti-discrimination na ipagbawal ang anumang uri ng diskrimininasyon sa iba’t-ibang level ng employment. At na sila ay magsagawa ng angkop na gender sensitivity at SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Expression) workshop in partnesrhip with women and LGBT advocacy organizations.
With the said incident, Cadag is hoping that this will not only ‘open the eyes’ of all people but will also paved way to encouraging members of the LGBT community to speak up and fight for their rights.
As of this writing, Cadag is attending SOGIE Equality Bill (Anti-Discrimination Bill/ADB) sessions in the Senate and hopes the bill will finally be ratified.