Francis Gomez, Taco Bell

I have worked at Taco Bell on and off for the last four years, including getting fired from there a couple of times. The last time I was fired was on December 12, 2018 for allegedly cursing out a customer. I didn’t. They were just looking for a reason because I had been asking for my overtime and premium pay.

I was working 45 to 60 hours a week but I wasn’t being paid for the time I worked. My check was broken down.

I lived basically across the street from the job. Anytime someone called out or couldn’t make it to work, I filled in and took the extra shift.

I would work from 6 a.m. until the store closed at 3 a.m. the next day. People would not show up for their shifts. I would work from opening to close, with only a 30-minute or an hour break. I didn’t mind doing the work. But, it was after looking at my paycheck and realized that after working all those days I was not getting paid for the overtime, they were not paying me my premiums. When I started asking her why am I not getting paid my overtime hours, she insisted that I was. I looked further into it and discovered she was lying to me. When I discussed it with her, we got into an argument. I guess she thought I was overstepping my boundaries asking about my pay.

She said fine, I was just trying to help you out. I wanted to break your checks out. Now, I’m going to have to cut your hours. You’re working too many hours. Corporate doesn’t want to see that.

She said, ok, I’ll give you your money. We’ll fix it. Don’t worry about it. Just don’t argue with me like that again.

I still was not receiving the overtime pay. They cut me back from 60 hours a week down to 20 hours, sometimes 16 hours a week.

It was shortly after that they fired me because they said I had cursed out a customer. Did a customer file a complaint? No. It didn’t happen. They were just looking for a reason because I was asking them to pay me what they owe me.