Elizabeth Taft (pictured above) told Local 2 Houston that when she reported to work sick with a stomach virus last week, her manager refused to allow her to leave.
“I was going back and forth to the bathroom, puking my guts out,” Taft said. “I was sweating, I was drenched in sweat. I felt week.” But her manager just ordered her to resume working on the line.
“So until about 1 o’clock, I was on the line making sandwiches and [her manager] knew I was sick,” she said. “I was touching everybody’s sandwiches. I’m like ‘this ain’t right.’ I had gloves on, but that doesn’t matter.”
She eventually became so feverish that she stumbled outside, where an employee from a nearby restaurant came to her aid.
This is an obvious health hazard. Taft was working around food. Even with gloves on, her sweat could have gotten on the food. The potential for her to sneeze on or near the food was great. Heck, she was likely handling a knife several times, and doing so while sick and feverish is a recipe for disaster. The manager on duty should have sent her home. Sadly many manager’s don’t give a shit about the well being of their employees (remind me to relate the story of my general manager from my days at the Fish House).
Elizabeth Taft was later fired by the same manager that made her continue to work, and she claims she was fired for being sick.
But the manager of the Subway that employed Taft fired her anyway, claiming that it was not her illness that particular day, but a history of “poor performance” and “insubordination.”
If she had a history of insubordination in the past, why did the manager wait until the day she was too sick to work to fire her?
We’ve got an Asshole on Aisle 1. Subway, we need a cleanup please.