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Employee With ASD Goes Unpaid For A Year by Michell Diament

After working at Applebee’s for a year, a man with autism will finally get his first paycheck.

Beginning in August 2014, Caleb Dyl, 21, worked as a prep-cook at an Applebee’s location in Middletown, R.I. three days each week, a job placement arranged by the social service agency Resources for Human Development. Though he was supposed to be paid minimum wage, Dyl was never compensated, his parents told WPRI.

After the story went public, Applebee’s said they would pay Dyl for the 166 hours that Resources for Human Development logged him working. But Dyl’s parents claim their son actually worked about 480 hours and a company official now tells WPRI that Dyl will be paid for that number of hours.

Dyl’s parents said they repeatedly raised the issue with Resources for Human Development, but Applebee’s officials indicated they were unaware that Dyl had gone unpaid until they were contacted by the media.

The Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals is reportedly investigating the matter.