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Applebee’s to pay employee with autism who worked hundreds of hours for free

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Applebee’s to pay cook who didn’t get checks for a year

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Applebee’s officials say they will pay a Rhode Island man who worked at a restaurant for about a year and never received a paycheck.

Caleb Dyl has autism and was placed in the job by the social service agency Resources for Human Development. He started working as a prep-cook at the Middletown restaurant in August 2014, but the 21-year-old’s parents say he was never compensated for his work.

Applebee’s at first agreed to pay Dyl 166 hours, based on the agency’s records. But his parents say he actually worked about 480 hours. Now, WPRI-TV reports the chain’s New England regional director of operations says the restaurant will pay Dyl for 480 hours.

A spokesman for the state Department of Labor and Training says it will investigate if it receives a complaint.