Workplace discrimination can not only cause emotional and mental damages to a person, but has the potential to escalate into physical abuse. When this happens, a victim may feel anger and confusion in the midst of their suffering. A Texas woman employed at a Whataburger recently claimed to have experienced workplace discrimination due to her weight and other personal traits which eventually escalated into her being injured at work.
The victim made the decision to speak out after she says she suffered damage to her knees during an incident in which she was forced to clean the restaurant floor with a toothbrush on her hands and knees. Records show that she did file a claim for workers’ compensation following the humiliating experience. She also made the decision to notify the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for purported workplace harassment including race, gender and weight that led up to the situation.
In her complaints, she describes an uncomfortable situation where employees were asked to clean the floor of the fast food restaurant and she was the only one with a toothbrush forced on her hands and knees. The mother of the harassed worker was able to capture a video of the abuse from an outdoor position looking into the store. An employee who feels degraded while on the job may have a difficult time working through the painful emotions they experience.
Reports indicate that the Texas worker feels she has suffered great emotional distress from the physical and emotional damages inflicted by her employer. She believes that the mental anguish from the workplace discrimination will exist far longer than the pain in her knees. A person who suffers emotional and physical damages from their place of business may choose to seek professional advice in making a civil claim and exposing the abuse.
Source: houston.cbslocal.com, "Fast-Food Employee Says She Was Forced To Clean Floors With Toothbrush", , July 1, 2014