(CNN) – Restaurant company Panera Bread is apologizing after an employee in Savannah, Ga. asked a little girl to remove her squeaky shoes because they were bothering a customer.
The two-year-old’s mother says her daughter has a developmental disorder and needed the orthopedic shoes to walk. Now Panera is trying to make amends.
The franchise officials apologized to Emma Duke and her family. Emma, 2, just learned to walk with the shoes and now Panera wants to throw a fundraiser for Emma to help with her medical bills.
Emma Duke’s family is grateful that they can put the incident behind them.
Panera released a statement saying they do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.
Panera Bread is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo.