Woman Files Lawsuit Against McDonalds for Discrimination
By City News Service
A former employee, who alleges she was subjected to demeaning comments and given extra tasks because she is Nicaraguan, sued McDonald’s yesterday.
Maria Bonilla filed her suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging national origin discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful constructive termination. She is seeking unspecified damages.
A McDonald’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the complaint, Bonilla began working for the fast-food chain in April 2008. The complaint does not specify the location.
Bonilla claims that throughout her employment, she was told by a manager that Nicaraguans are “lazy” and “nasty.” The supervisor also told Bonilla that Nicaraguan women are “slutty” and “always go after married men,” and he called her a “pig” and a “slut,” according to her court papers.
The manager and a second boss also ordered Bonilla to lift heavy boxes and required her to work on the grill “for so long that she felt as though she would pass out from the heat,” and required her to work in the freezer for extended periods, her complaint alleges.
When Bonilla complained, the supervisors cut her hours and told her she was lazy, according to her court papers.
Bonilla says she fainted from the stress of her alleged mistreatment at McDonald’s in May 209 and was immediately fired.Print This Post
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