Suhaylah Brito, Great American Bagel

My name is Suhaylah Brito. I am 20 years old and I live in Washington Heights. I was fired without explanation from my job as a shift manager at the Great American Bagel in Fulton Center in Manhattan last year.

My work situation deteriorated pretty quickly after I started working there in July 2018. I was supposed to be paid $15 an hour as a shift manager but I figured out that I was getting paid $13.50. Then, the number of hours I get to work per week depended on the general manager’s mood. If he was in a good mood, I’d get 35 hours and, if not, I’d get 20 hours.

Then, one day he fired me. He did not give me a reason. I’d been calling him to tell him I would be late. I left him three messages and then sent a text message. I was due in at 10. I got in about 11 but the supervisor told me not to clock in, that I should wait for him.

“What’s up with you,” he asked me when he came in.

“I don’t know what you mean,” I said.

“I’m going to have to let you go,” he replied.

You would think someone would explain to you what you did wrong. But he didn’t.

“I don’t need you, you can go,” he told me.