I've written before about BrewDog (here and here), the multinational Scottish craft brewery accused by hundreds of former employees of systemic mistreatment through its sexist and misogynist work environment. The brewery's founder and CEO, James Watt, stands at the center of much of controversy and most point to him as the root cause of most of the allegation.
Earlier this week, Watt appeared as a guest on The Diary of CEO podcast. During the interview, Watt blamed his pattern of mistreatment of employees him possibly being autistic.
I started exploring as to whether I am a little bit autistic and it's still something I'm exploring at the moment. But working with some specialists I think I might have some kind of light-level autism in the mix that would explain some of the social cue thing, some of the mindset thing, and some of the awkwardness as well. … I was chatting with my doctor, and she’s like, "I've thought that for a while, James, quite possibly." So I'm working with a specialist at the moment to see if there's a diagnosis there or not.
Having a disability, any disability, is not an excuse or justification for mistreating others.