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McDonald’s Sued by Nicaraguan Employee for National Origin Discrimination

Fresh off McDonald’s massive job offerings just the last week, in Los Angeles, the country’s biggest fast food chain is being sued by a former employee for discrimination.

The plaintiff, Maria Bonilla alleged that when she worked at McDonalds on April 2008, she was subjected to demeaning comments and called derogatory names and was given a hard time at work because of her ethnicity which is Nicaraguan.

In her lawsuit, she claimed that a manager said that Nicaraguans were “lazy” and “nasty” and that her supervisor told her that Nicaraguan women are “slutty” and that they “always go after married men”. The same supervisor also called her a “pig” and a “slut”.

She claimed she was also harassed and treated badly by her manager and a second boss in the course of her employment – in one instance she was ordered to lift heavy boxes and work on the grill so long she felt ready to pass out. She was also made to work in the freezer for extended periods.

When she complained about said treatment, her supervisors retaliated. She was called lazy and then her hours were cut. By May 2009, because of her continued mistreatment, she fainted at work due to stress. She was fired because of it.

Bonilla filed is seeking unspecified damages against McDonalds in her lawsuit which accused the company of national origin discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and constructive termination.

Under the law, it is prohibited to discriminate or treat an employee or applicant less favorably because of his or her national origin. National origin discrimination is illegal under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 so employees who are discriminated against have the right to file a lawsuit against their employers for failing to protect their right against discrimination. For more questions about national origin discrimination, wrongful termination, or retaliation, call the employment law attorneys of the Mesriani Law Group at their toll free number at 1-866-325-4529 or email them at for a free case analysis.

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