To: Olive Garden Store 1370

Olive Garden: Reinstate a pregnant employee who was unjustly terminated

Olive Garden: Reinstate a pregnant employee who was unjustly terminated

I was fired by Olive Garden while I was working while pregnant. I'm calling on Olive Garden to:
1) restore my employment,
2) fully compensate me for all the time I have missed from work as a result of this unjust termination, and
3) meet with me and members of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United about pregnancy discrimination.

UPDATE (January 2015): As I'll be giving birth soon, I'm focused on supporting the Dignity at Darden campaign by calling on Olive Garden's parent company, Darden, to ensure that no other women experience pregnancy discrimination and/or unfair termination at the company's restaurants.

Why is this important?

My name is Courtnee Dean. For the past 10 years, I have been a loyal employee of Olive Garden store 1370 in Bala Cynwyd, PA. I am also a mother, currently seven months pregnant with my second child.

On October 1st, 2014, I was unfairly terminated from my employment at Darden Restaurants for a lost coupon. I offered to compensate for the coupon, but the manager, Lily, refused the money. Instead of following the customary procedure of writing me up or taking the money, she called corporate and had me terminated.

Even after working at Darden for 10 years, not only was I treated as disposable but so was my growing family. That’s why I am demanding that Darden Restaurants make this right by: 1) restoring my employment, 2) fully compensate me for all the time I have missed from work as a result of this unjust termination, and 3) meet with me and members of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United to address my case and the issues that workers face from Darden management all over the country, like being discriminated against for being pregnant and being forced to work while sick.

Please join me in asking Darden Restaurants, the largest full-service restaurant company in the world, to do the right thing so that I can support my family and prevent similar situations from happening to the rest of Darden’s employees.


Reasons for signing

  • I know why losing a cupon is a big deal at restaurants. It's because the managers are going to assume you applied a cupon that the guest didn't have so you could add that extra $4 into your tip. It is a common problem, but they should not fire someone for a first-time offense, if that's what this was. She should have gotten proper warning that she was suspected of adding false cupons into her tips before she got fired.
  • She offered to fix her mistake. That should have been enough.
  • As a frequent patron of Olive Garden and Longhorn steakhouse, I agree this case needs to be reviewed at the highest level of management.

Updates

2015-01-09 23:03:39 -0500

5,000 signatures reached

2014-12-13 22:17:06 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2014-12-08 23:06:33 -0500

500 signatures reached

2014-12-08 06:34:49 -0500

100 signatures reached

2014-12-07 14:46:05 -0500

50 signatures reached

2014-12-07 12:37:28 -0500

25 signatures reached

2014-12-05 16:11:55 -0500

10 signatures reached