A sick Subway worker was allegedly fired after she complained of a stomach virus and threw up in the restaurant, then left during her shift and nearly passed out on Subway's lawn.
Although Elizabeth Taff says she tried to tell her manager that she was throwing up and had vomit on her clothes, the manager allegedly told Taff just to switch shirts and get rid of the other vomit stains. When Taff said she did not want to infect customers, her manager reportedly said: "I don't care. Just get back on the line."
Taff eventually left and a Pizza Hut worker next door found her vomiting, then immediately called for medical assistance.
Although Taff's claims have yet to be confirmed, Subway did verify that she had been fired for "poor performance and insubordination."
Photos of Taff outside the Subway that show her physically weakened were posted to the local news-sharing Facebook group called "Meanwhile in Brazoria County." It was then shared on Subway's official Facebook page, where the company apologized and provided a customer complaint phone number to deal with the issue.
Taff also posted to the Facebook group, noting that she plans to use her own experience to reform the company's sick policy.
"I called Subway world corporate today...spent 30 minutes on the phone with them," Taff wrote. "The result I wanted out of this is not fame rather I wanted a change to be made."
A report from CNN Money earlier this year showed that Subway had the worst record of labor violations of any fast-food chain in the United States. Between 2000 and 2013, the company was forced to re-imburse more than $3.8 million in worker compensation for illegal business practices, such as demanding workers sign a contract that exempted the business from paying them overtime.