McDonald's worker says management displayed her medical information


by Joe Conger / KENS 5

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Posted on June 14, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 8:10 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- A 23-year-old McDonald's employee who suffers from depression, anxiety, liver and lung problems says her job is only making it worse.

“It just made me want to cry," said the employee, who will go by the name Anna for the purpose of this report. "I didn’t want anyone to know."

Her sickness cost her some work hours at Culebra Road restaurant where she worked. Anna said she sent her manager the doctor's notes to authenticate her illnesses.

The notes, however, where simply pinned to the bulletin board in the back office, which Anna claims is a violation of her privacy and federal health laws.
“I really felt that they stepped into my personal space to basically let anybody know that I needed medical treatments,” she said.
KENS 5 asked McDonald’s management for a comment.

According to Celia Jairala, San Antonio McDonald's Operator: "McDonald's has the utmost respect for our employees and their privacy. As this personnel matter is currently under investigation, we cannot discuss further details."
Friends took photos of the postings before they were pulled down. Anna said treatments, diagnoses and even her list of medications all went up on the wall for everyone to see.
Anna added, “They posted all of them. There were like five or six of them.”
She filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and has started talking with an attorney.