Hotel Worker Fired For Saying Bye Bye Instead Of Good-bye
Published: May 20, 2012
Hotel Worker Fired For Saying Bye Bye Instead Of Good-bye, A woman from Las Vegas has filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, after they allegedly fired her for saying “bye bye” on the phone instead of “goodbye.” Aside from the fact that those two terms mean absolutely the same thing, should a woman who is 8 months pregnant really be told how to end a phone conversation? I think not.
And if being terminated on those grounds doesn’t make the Cosmopolitan sound like a pretty crappy place to work, then the additional poor treatment she received while pregnant really seals the deal.
Melodee Megia worked as a room service sales person and would answer the phones when orders came in from guests. She claims that she was verbally abused by her supervisor on the job. At one point, she was about to deliver a packet of condoms at a guest’s request (gross!) and the supervisor said, “Isn’t it too late for that? You should have thought about it before getting knocked up.”
Are you kidding me? Who says something like that to a pregnant woman — let alone any employee? That sounds like harassment to me. And after getting other nasty comments and dirty glances from her co-workers, Melodee was ultimately fired for saying “bye bye.”
In addition to the discrimination lawsuit, she’s also filed a suit for workers’ wages, because she was not paid for the time she had to wait to pick up her employee uniform and change into it. Apparently Cosmopolitan workers aren’t allowed to leave the hotel with their uniforms on, so they take them off at the end of their shift and pick them back up when they return. Good grief. Getting dressed in your last trimester is no small feat, so I’m sure Melodee lost even more wages than other non-preggo workers. (The Stir)
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