Updated March 20, 2018 11:57:07The National Hockey League has apologized to a family after a man was denied a birthday cake by a McDonald’s outlet in New York City.

A father of five was stopped at the McDonald’s in the Midtown Manhattan area on Monday and denied a Mcdonald’s birthday cake as the man waited in line to purchase it.

A spokesman for McDonald’s said the incident took place at a McDonalds location in Queens, New York.

The spokesman said a customer in line asked the manager about the cake and he confirmed it was a birthday, according to a report in The New York Times.

“We understand the concern, and we want to apologize to our customer and to his family,” McDonald’s spokesman Scott Ritchie told the newspaper.

The company said the man who requested the cake was “disappointed” with the incident.

McDonald’s is one of many big corporations that has been caught up in a backlash over what many see as a sexist and discriminatory policy in the workplace.

Earlier this year, the NFL had to remove a game from its schedule because of an image depicting the NFL player kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police violence against black people.

The NBA also faced backlash after it announced a boycott of its players and team owners over the issue of police brutality.

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