This marks the second time in less than a year that a complaint has been filed against a McDonald franchise held by an entity owned by Darrell Winbush and Katina Winbush, of Lynwood, IL. Another complaint was filed against MRA Restaurants, LLC, an entity owned by the Winbush’s, in late 2011, by another former employee, Melondy Paul, who alleges that she was berated and then terminated by Mrs. Winbush after informing restaurant management that she was pregnant.
Darrell Winbush and Katina Winbush own the McDonald’s located at 6355 S King Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637 under the corporate entity of DKA Enterprises, LLC and another McDonald’s in Chicago, under the corporate entity of MRA Restaurants, LLC.
Ms. Thompson made repeated verbal complaints and reports to her superiors – including the restaurant’s General Manager – about unsafe and unsanitary conditions around the restaurant’s food storage and preparation areas and the employee break room. Ms. Thompson stated that the areas were infested with cockroaches and other insects. She was informed by management that they would “take care of it.” The defendants have also admitted in their court filings that Ms. Thompson had, in fact, informed the General Manager of her concerns about the situation.
On or about June 25, 2010, Ms. Thompson reported to the General Manager that she saw a cockroach on her own salad. This angered her General Manager and she was fired shortly thereafter.
“Ms. Thompson’s complaints implicate an Illinois public policy promoting the health and safety of its citizens by ensuring that restaurants operate in a clean, safe and sanitary manner and to keep food free from disease, filth caused by insects and vermin and we believe that her termination for raising these issues was unlawful,” stated attorney Randall Gold, of Fox & Fox, S.C., Chicago, Illinois representing both Ms. Thompson and Ms. Paul. Daniel J. Voelker, Esq. of Voelker Litigation Group, Chicago, IL also represents Ms. Thompson.
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