Published: Friday 11 August, 2017

Jollibee Issues Apology Over Alleged Transgender Discrimination Complaint

After being accused of discrimination, Jollibee Foods Corporation issued an apology on Thursday. Jollibee apologized to Bunny Cadag, transgender woman, who was fired from her transcriber job after only 1 day due to her gender.

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Jollibee apology issued over alleged discrimination of a transgender. (Philstar photo)

In its apology, Jollibee said that what happened to Bunny Cadag was an isolated case as it has been the company’s policy not to tolerate any disrespect, discrimination, harassment, violation or intimidation of any person.

“Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) sincerely apologizes to Bunny Cadag, who experienced an unfortunate incident as relayed in Bunny’s Facebook post. We also apologize to everyone who was offended or affected by this,” said the Jollibee apology.

“We assure everyone that this is an isolated incident as JFC does not in any way tolerate any disrespect, discrimination, harassment, violation or intimidation of any person, consistent with our company policy on diversity and inclusion.”

In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, Bunny Cadag said she was hired as a transcriber at Jollibee head office on June 30. However, before her second day on the job, she received a message from the contact person that she should not continue because of issues regarding her gender. In other words, Cadag was fired because she was a transgender!

“Isang araw bago ang ikalawang sesyon, nakatanggap kami ng tawag mula kay Mr. Louie Angsico, isa sa mga contact persons sa HCD. Sa telepono, humihingi ng tawad si Mr. Angsico, dahil hindi raw niya alam kung paano sasabihin sa akin — na (non-verbatim),” she wote on Facebook.

Bunny Cadag said she was told of the following reasons:

1/hindi pa handa ang Jollibee Food Corporation sa LGBT Culture at mga katulad ko
2/hindi pa sila welcoming sa idea na may Transgender sa loob ng isa sa mga kwarto nila at gumagawa ng transkripsyon
3/ang JFC raw ay may paniniwalang Katoliko
4/willing pa rin silang ibigay sa’kin ang trabaho thru “recording”