Former Employee Files Lawsuit Against DKA Enterprises LLC McDonald’s Franchise in Chicago After Being Fired for Allegedly Complaining About Insects in Food
Marquita Thompson, who had worked at the DKA Enterprises LLC, d/b/a McDonalds, located at 6355 S King Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637, complained to restaurant management on several occasions that she believed the restaurant was in violation of Illinois public health related policies because of insect and vermin infestations in the restaurant. She was subsequently terminated.
This marks the second time in less than a year that a complaint has been filed against a McDonald franchise held by an entity owned by Darrell Winbush and Katina Winbush, of Lynwood, IL. Another complaint was filed against MRA Restaurants, LLC, owned by the Winbush’s, in late 2011, by former employee, Melondy Paul, who alleges that she was berated and then terminated by Mrs. Winbush after informing restaurant management she was pregnant.
Ms. Thompson made repeated verbal complaints and reports to her superiors – including the restaurant’s General Manager – about unsafe and unsanitary conditions around the restaurant’s food storage and preparation areas and the employee break room. Ms. Thompson stated that the areas were infested with cockroaches and other insects. She was informed by management that they would “take care of it.” The defendants have also admitted in their court filings that Ms. Thompson had, in fact, informed the General Manager of her concerns about the situation.
On or about June 25, 2010, Ms. Thompson reported to the General Manager that she saw a cockroach on her own salad. She believes this angered her General Manager; she was fired shortly thereafter.
“Ms. Thompson’s complaints implicate an Illinois public policy promoting the health and safety of its citizens by ensuring that restaurants operate in a clean, safe and sanitary manner and to keep food free from disease, filth caused by insects and vermin and we believe that her termination for raising these issues was unlawful,” stated attorney Randall Gold, of Fox & Fox, S.C., Chicago, Illinois representing both Ms. Thompson and Ms. Paul. Daniel J. Voelker, Voelker Litigation Group, Chicago, IL also represents Ms. Thompson.