Dignity over Revenue
New York Grilled Cheese Company in Wilton Manors, Florida has received a few bad reviews online. But not over their grilled cheese. Their bad reviews are in reference to their employee, Mia, and the gender-neutral / trans-friendly bathrooms.
Mary Bolda’s review complained about the terrible service from her “waiter,” a trans employee named Mia. Mary continued to refer to Mia as “he” and “him” loudly and was a distraction to other customers. Another reviewer complained that she wouldn’t go back to New York Grilled Cheese Company because “they only have transgender restrooms.”
New York Grilled Cheese Company shared the following on social media in support of their employee Mia: “We at New York Grilled Cheese Co. want to send a clear message that the company culture is and always will be one of acceptance, equality, and support of our transgender community and any other walk of life. This week one of employees, Mia, was the victim of discrimination and we’d like to respond with one simple message: LOVE. Share this graphic if you got Love for Mia and our local transgender community. #LOVEMIA”
Owner Leor Barak said he was sorry to hear the customer wouldn’t make a return visit to New York Grilled Cheese Company but announced “we would never choose the revenue of an intolerant patron over the dignity of our employees.”Tags: FL, Florida, grilled cheese, LGBT, LGBT friendly, LGBTQ, New York Grilled Cheese Company, Restaurant, restaurants, Wilton Manor