Applebee’s agrees to pay autistic man for hours worked

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A Portsmouth man with autism who worked for a local Applebee’s restaurant for about a year without getting paid will now get the money he is due.

As first reported by Target 12, Caleb Dyl, 21, worked as a prep-cook at the Middletown restaurant, beginning in August of 2014, but he never received a check.

The social service agency Resources for Human Development (RHD) placed Dyl in the job.

At the time of Target 12’s initial report, Applebee’s agreed to pay Dyl 166 hours in back pay – the number of hours RHD records indicated Dyl worked. However, his parents insisted the total was about 480.

According to Eleanor Clancy, a New England regional director of operations for the Applebee’s chain, the restaurant has now agreed to pay Dyl for the 480 hours.

Clancy told Target 12 that our call was the first they heard about the pay delay problem.

The R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals said it is still investigating what happened. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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