Target: Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed
Goal: Compensate unfairly fired employee and prevent further racial discrimination
One Taco Bell manager has been unfairly fired for hiring Latino workers. After hiring a Hispanic employee, Juanita O’Connell was reprimanded by her operations manager. The man had told her, “Didn’t I tell you not to hire Hispanics,” according to ThinkProgress.org. This discriminating man had O’Connell fired, despite the fact that she had worked at Taco Bell since 1987. She herself is Latina, and also alleges that she was treated differently than her male counterparts in her job.
This is not the first case of fast food discrimination against women and Latinos. Other incidences of prejudice have been recorded in McDonalds, where several managers were accused of sexually harassing their female employees and being boldly racist against black people. O’Connell, however, is suing Taco Bell for monetary compensation equal to her lost income, benefits, lawyer’s fees, and other relief related to her unlawful discharge. According to Title VII, employers may not discriminate based on sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, and, most recently, transgender status. She also has witnesses who saw and heard the racially charged comments made by her operations manager Mark Lewis. O’Connell was initially written a warning a few weeks after the encounter. She was promptly fired a few hours after that warning.
Tell Taco Bell that it must address discrimination within its workplace and compensate Juanita O’Connell for the prejudiced behavior she has encountered.
Dear Greg Creed,
I recently heard about an incidence of workplace discrimination in one of your Taco Bell fast food restaurants. One manager, Juanita O’Connell, was fired for having hired a Mexican employee. Not only was she fired with no explanation beyond that she was doing her job, but also this blatant discrimination is not allowed with Title VII anti-discrimination laws. You should not be allowing these types of actions within your companies. In addition, O’Connell deserves to be compensated for her lost wages, benefits, and litigation costs associated with her suing your company. Having worked at Taco Bell since 1987, she absolutely deserves to have her earnings paid for by your company.
Please investigate these discriminatory acts in your fast food restaurant and remove any offending characters that have committed these racially prejudiced injustices. I ask that you pay O’Connell what she deserves from having been fired for no legitimate reason while attempting to stand up for her – and many others’ – rights.
[Your Name Here]
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