Circle K — gross and unexceptable treatment of employees
I am an employee at circle k and would just like to issue this complaint. I am not sure of the exact laws as of this moment, but I know that the way I was treated / am being treated has to be illegal in some way. I woke up yesterday morning feeling terrible. I vomited three times in the thirty minutes I was getting ready for work. I am pregnant, and just blew it off as morning sickness even though I had never actually vomited before during this pregnancy. When I got to work, I started getting worse. I was running to the restroom every 10 minutes and started burning up. I tried to talk to the assistant manager to see if I could go home because my body was giving out, and she told me I could not. So I stayed.
After running to the rest room a few more times, she proceeded to tell me that she and the manager were "pissed off" at me and that I was no longer alou7d to go to the restroom to throw up because she had to "pick up my slack". Instead, I was told that I must use the trash can behind the counter. I was forced to ring up customers until I had to throw up, and then afterward continue ringing them up. I was the only one on the register, I had no help at all. This went on for the rest of the day. There was a point that the assistant manager said to me "i know you don't feel well but come on, this is enough! You need to stop!" like I could control my bodily functions.
I have also been getting harassing text messages from this assistant manager. This morning, I woke up feeling just as sick but vomiting maybe once every 20 minutes instead of 10. I called to see if I could stay home and she told me no, because she was coming in late and refused to come in a little early to help me. She told me to call the manager and that he would be extremely upset and probably cuss me out. So I tried to suck it up and continue getting ready for work. I threw up a few more times while getting ready and fell on the floor. My mother saw me and refused to let me go in like that, so she took my phone while I was vomiting and called the manager to tell him I would not be in. He was cordial to her, but a few minutes later I got a harassing text from the assistant manager saying "you are not a child, never have your mommy call the manager ever again!".
After this, I am refusing to return to work. I plan on calling hr and telling them about my incident. Hopefully these people will lose their jobs. I am so angry that even though I am extremely sick and throwing up, I am writing this in between. I am sorry, but with a fever o 102, my baby is in trouble. I will not risk the health of my child for a job that pays me minimum wage and treats me like an animal.
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