JD Wetherspoon denied me an interview over birth certificate, claims Daniel Wilder
A YOUNG man claims he was accused of having a forged British birth certificate at his very first job interview which he was then turned away from.
Daniel Wilder, 18, of Old Leake, turned up for an interview as a barman at J D Wetherspoon pub, The Moon Under Water on September 3.
As requested, he took along his birth certificate, driving licence and passport.
But as Daniel has a 'registration' birth certificate that does not have his parents' names on, he was told he told he could not be interviewed.
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Daniel, who has just started studying Property Maintenance Level Two at Boston College, said: "I was really nervous about the interview. When I attended I was asked by the interviewer for my birth certificate.
"She took one look at it and said they could not carry out the interview as it was not the correct certificate. I didn't really know what to say or do as it was my first ever interview, so I got up and left."
Daniel met his dad Spencer who had gone along for moral support.
Spencer said: "It was one of the most distressing and upsetting incidents experienced by him.
"He was asked to bring to interview his birth certificate, National Insurance card or driving licence or passport in order to prove his identity and citizenship.
"He was advised that the interview could not go ahead as the birth certificate could be a forgery, which is a simply untrue, thus his status as a British citizen could not be proved and it did not contain his parents' names.
"The birth certificate Daniel took to interview is a 'legal' document and was used to acquire both his original Passport and also his Driving Licence.
"Indeed all the documents taken with Daniel confirm identity and citizenship status.
"It is an absolute travesty that Daniel was simply turned away without being given an opportunity to be interviewed to show his capabilities and if needed supply further documentation to support his application at a later date.
"This is wholly unacceptable and is clearly a breach of Daniel's Human Rights to work in the UK as a confirmed British citizen from birth with genuine documentation to support any and all applications he makes."
Daniel has been a British citizen since birth and has recently completed his education at Boston Grammar School where he gained his A Levels.
He was also in the top 10 juniors of British tennis players.
A J D Wetherspoon spokesman said: "We are aware of the situation and are looking into it with the manager of the pub.
"The father of the young man has been contacted and we will update him on the situation as soon as we have more details."