Emily Huynh is an 18-year-old senior at Cleveland STEM High School in Seattle, Washington. Here she is with her family.
Recently, Huynh has been helping her 52-year-old dad, Minh, look for jobs. Because his English isn't fluent, she usually proofreads his emails before he sends them.
But one day, Minh emailed a company about a job he was interested in by himself. He received an email back from the HR manager of the company, Dash Delivery, which read, "Let me tell you now, if you no speak English, I will send you home."
"As soon as I read it, I knew he was making fun of my dad's lack of English," Huynh said. "I was outraged, but my dad was confused until I explained it to him."
She then decided to share a photo of the email to Twitter to warn people in the community, not expecting it to go viral.
People immediately offered their support.
Lots of people offered to help with Minh's job search.
And others contacted the company to complain about the behaviour of Bruce Peterson, the manager who sent the email.
"When I posted the tweet, Twitter really did its thing and more," Huynh said, adding that most of the responses they've gotten have been very positive and encouraging.
The next evening, she received an email from the manager of Dash Delivery apologizing for Peterson's email and informing them that Peterson was no longer working at the company.
"My dad is a very forgiving person and accepts the apology," Huynh said. "His words were, 'what has happened already happened, what else can we do?'"
She said that Minh has since been flooded with job offers and is still deciding between different opportunities.
A spokesperson for Dash Delivery LLC confirmed to BuzzFeed News that Peterson's employment had indeed been terminated, adding that his email was "inexcusable."
The spokesperson said the tone and nature of the email was disrespectful and didn't reflect what the company stands for.
"Our company values diversity. Our drivers represent a broad range of backgrounds," the spokesperson said, adding that the company welcomes all applicants regardless of who they are or where they are from.
Kassy Cho is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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