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Woman claims complaints led to firing

October 25, 2012

CINCINNATI — A former City Hall custodian claims she was fired after complaining to the City Council about her working conditions, according to WLWT-TV.

Maria Zepeda, an employee of Jancoa Janitorial Services for seven years, told the council that she was forced to clean 40 office floors every night, for very little pay and with next to no help, the article stated.

jancoa"The day I came to City Hall, the owner of my company was present in the audience. She saw me speaking up about these abuses. The next Wednesday, I was fired from my job," said Zepeda through an interpreter.

According to the article, while the minimum wage for a janitorial worker has been raised to $9.80 an hour, employees of Jancoa claim their hours have been cut, resulting in a flat take-home pay for a greater workload.

"I have to be at work at 5:30 p.m. I'm supposed to leave at 10 p.m. That's not enough time to finish everything that they put on us to do," said Dina Smith, who cleans the Scripps Building.

The union has filed a wrongful termination complaint against Zepeda's former employer, and while the City Council is bothered by the accusations, they are relatively powerless to do anything about it, the article noted.

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What is the atmosphere like at your place of work? If things are going wrong or seem to warrant a complaint, do you feel like you can discuss it with the powers that be? If you’re in a position of power, do you maintain an open door policy?