My son was fired from Taco Bell after 5 months, one month short of them giving him any benefits. He worked for 3 months without a work permit (no problem for them). He was constantly threatened with his job, then the next day, he was rewarded by the same manager, leading us to believe she had some sort of agenda to confuse him with. She grabbed him alot, and called him "sweetie", her being latina, hired mostly latinos and latinas, and my son was the lone or one of the few "white" boys.
So, whenever she felt like talking about him, she spoke in spanish. Since we do live in California, Spanish is like a second language to alot of us, and it is encouraged in school, so my son took a couple years of the language, and was able to understand the hateful things she was saying to the laughing mexican co workers.
She wrote him up 3 times for small things, like having a 20 dollar bill in his drawer, bringing a skateboard to work, his only transportation, and her making him leave it outside, to which it got stolen, and supposedly, talking on his cell phone while on break (outside the restaurante), the final straw was when a customer came in and didn't give him the proper change, he had to ask her to open the cashier drawer so he could correct it, and she said he was fired.
He then went outside, and she said, oh, sweetie, i will give you one more chance no? So, he goes back inside, and while on the food line, drops, accidentally enough lettuce to fill a small taco, about 2 cents worth. He offered to pay, and she said,
NO, THIS IS ENOUGH, YOU ARE NOW TERMINATED. Did I mention that she had already hired his replacement a week prior?
Plus, when she fired him, she did not have his check that day, which is a clear violation of labor laws. You fire someone, you pay them that day, they quit, they get paid next pay period.
Plus, she has yet to give us his final check stub. It seems to have gone missing.
He worked when he wasnt scheduled, gave all he had, worked after 12 a.m., was asked to go "beat up a skinhead" that was loitering around the restaurante. It was his first job, and loosing it, after working so hard, has devastated him. He has lost all confidance. This woman worked so hard on his young mind, while he tried to please her, that i am wondering if my son will need counciling now. He is not so much the go-getter I was.
I will not allow myself to go inside that place, lest I get hold of her and rattle her brains a bit.
Oh, i thought of going to the corporate office, but this stuff on this site has discouraged me. What good will that do him? Best he gets right back on that horse and finds a better job, with a good environment. Its just not worth the fight.
I will tell you this, that manager never washes her hands after going to the restroom so someone is going to get sick eventually.
I will just be glad when my son gets the confidance level back up again to look and hope for some kind of employment.
SHAME ON YOU, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.
Long Beach, California