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03 Oct: Store culture gives Massachusetts employee confidence to be himself

On his first day at Store 1532 in Burlington, Massachusetts, Ray Gao’s leaders told him their priority was for him to feel safe and comfortable at work so he can be his fullest self.

While simple, the statement meant a lot to the sales advisor. As a gay man who has autism, there have been multiple situations throughout his life where Ray has had to hide or hold back part of who he is. This immediate affirmation from his leaders gave Ray courage to ask for accommodations and talk openly about his background.