Kansas City Teens to Speak at Democratic Convention

As reported by The Pitch, Bonnor Springs high schoolers Jensen Wilcott and Jake Reed will speak at the Democratic Convention on Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Wilcott and Reed were fired from Pizza Studio at the Legends for asking questions about a pay disparity. Wilcott, upon discovering she would make $8.00 an hour, whereas Reed would make $8.25, called a manager to ask why. The high schoolers were hired at the same time and had comparable work experience. The manager told her she was fired — and then fired Reed, too. It was a violation of company policy, the manager said, for employees to discuss wages.

The story made local and then national news, being featured in New York Magazine, New York Daily News, Seventeen, and others.

Ashleigh Siefker, executive director of operations at Pizza Studio, said, “After an in-depth review, we are confident this instance was not one of gender-bias but rather a failure to assign the correct salary and a misunderstanding of our company policies by one of our employees.” The manager was fired, and the company issued an apology to the teens.

Meanwhile, the Hillary Clinton campaign heard of the story. Clinton tweeted in June:

On Monday, the Democratic Convention announced

a diverse range of everyday Americans who will share their stories and experiences at the convention of an America that is stronger together…

As Donald Trump begins his divisive convention in Cleveland with dangerous ideas that would pose a threat to our economy and national security, Democrats are preparing to lay out the clear stakes in this election in Philadelphia – a choice between building walls and tearing people down or an optimistic unifying vision where everyone has a role to play in building our future.

At the Democratic National Convention, the diverse experiences and voices of Americans from across the country will be shared with millions of Americans…

Wilcott and Reed will speak on the final night — the same night as Clinton.

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