McDonald’s Worker Files Lawsuit Alleging Retaliation for Raising COVID-19 Safety Concerns

On October 16, 2020, Maria Ruiz filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court alleging that she was unlawfully fired in retaliation for reporting and protesting unsafe conditions—including failure to provide masks and handwashing supplies and to enforce social distancing—at her corporate-owned McDonald’s store located at 2040 N. First Street, San Jose, California.  The lawsuit alleges that Ms. Ruiz participated in multiple protests over COVID-19 safety conditions and reported her concerns to management and to Cal-OSHA and the Santa Clara Public Health Department, but that McDonald’s responded by retaliating against her by cutting her hours and then firing her.  Ms. Ruiz is represented by Altshuler Berzon LLP.  You can read more about the case here.