My name is Sonia Ordonez, and I have worked at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for 6 years as a cook. I’m proud of the work I do, but in recent months I have spoken out when Hyatt has mistreated us. At Hyatt, we struggle daily with an employer that injures our bodies and treats us like we are disposable. I have shared my story with countless community leaders, and I have even taken the call for justice to Hyatt’s top leaders at an annual shareholder meeting.
I have stood up for myself, and now I find myself under attack. Last week, Hyatt fired me, claiming I missed the last few minutes of my shift, when all my work was completed. A lot of my coworkers do this, and to my knowledge no one has ever been fired for it.
I need this job, but I’ve come too far to take abuse from anyone. That’s why I have raised my voice. I believe that all workers should have this right. I am not the first woman at Hyatt to be terminated or disciplined after speaking out against injustice.
Please help me get my job back by signing this letter to the General Manager at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, calling for my reinstatement and an end to Hyatt’s mistreatment of women and immigrant workers.
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