*How tired are we of restaurants, who have been served with complaints and lawsuits based on unfair practices, releasing statements that say that their “core values are to treat employees fairly…yaddy…yaddy….yah?”
Apparently, this practice wasn’t in place when a Houston fast-food restaurant made one of their workers get down on her knees to clean their floors…especially when this was not in her job description.
Whitney Clark was hired as a cook at a Houston fast-food restaurant. Somewhat overweight, she had become accustomed to ignorance; and endured taunts about her size.
“I just [didn’t] let it get to me because you hear it over and over and over,” she told KHOU 11 News about the daily fat jokes her Whataburger manager allegedly made.
But Clark told the news station how things changed one day and went from insulting to physically ridiculous.
“She said we’ve got to get on our hands and knees and clean the floor with a toothbrush,” Clark told the news station.
Clark’s mother couldn’t believe what her daughter was asked to do: clean the fast-food restaurant with a toothbrush, so she videotaped Whitney, through a window, as she was on her hands and knees cleaning the dining room floor. According to Clark, she was also asked to clean the male and female restrooms with the same toothbrush. The daily process took Clark up to four hours.
“And the worst part was I didn’t even think to put gloves on and they didn’t even have the gloves out,” Clark told the news station.
According to KHOU 11 News, Clark has knee pain and walks with a slight limp. She has “filed a workman’s comp claim and has also lodged a complaint with the EEOC.”
A spokesperson for Whataburger told the news station that Clark was given a tile and grout brush, not a toothbrush, to clean the floors.
“One of our core values at Whataburger is to treat others with respect. We also pride ourselves in providing a safe and clean working environment,” read a statement released by Whataburger. “Therefore we ask all of our employees at all levels to participate in keeping our restaurants clean for our customers.”
Read more at KHOU 11 News.