Applebee’s to pay employee with autism who didn’t get paid for a year

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A Rhode Island man who worked at Applebee’s for nearly one year will finally receive a paycheck.

Officials say Caleb Dyl has autism and was placed in the job by the social service agency Resources for Human Development. The 21-year-old began working as a prep cook at the Middletown restaurant in August 2014.  His parents say he never received a check.

Caleb’s parents said they waited patiently through months of inquiries and filling out payroll and tax forms twice.  They say this was due to a communication breakdown between Resources for Human Development, the nonprofit that placed Dyl, and Applebee’s that caused the situation.

According WPRI-TV, Applebee’s initially agreed to pay Dyl for 166 hours, based on the agency’s records. Dyl’s parents say he worked close to 480 hours.

Rhode Island’s Department of Labor and Training is still investigating the complaint.