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The McDonald’s on International Drive and Sand Lake Road issued a statement Monday evening saying, “Sand Lake Road McDonald’s has a strict policy prohibiting any form of discrimination or harassment in hiring, termination, or any other aspect of employment in the organization. The restaurant requires all employees to comply with local, state and federal employment laws.”

The restaurant said it investigated Zikerria Bellamy’s claim that the manager called her and left her a hateful voicemail.

“You will not get hired. We do not hire (expletive). You lied to me. You told me you were a woman,” said the message Bellamy played for Local 6 News

“The behavior of the individual in question is not reflective of the employment policies in the organization. Further, this individual acted outside the scope of his authority and was not responsible for hiring. The individual in question is no longer employed by the restaurant,” the statement said.

Bellamy, 17, said Sunday she was considering filing a lawsuit after the restaurant allegedly refused to interview her for a possible job.

Bellamy said she did not check off a box on the application where it asked whether the applicant is male or female. According to the application, it states near the voluntary gender question that “failure to respond will not subject you to adverse treatment,” D’Onofrio reported.

When she went in for the interview, Bellamy claims a manager forced her to check a box that would indicate her gender.

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