Merino Yebri LLP Sues Denny’s, Alleging Former Server Was Fired For Complaining That Denny's Forced Servers With Fevers During COVID-19 To Serve Customers

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Denny's Employee Alleges She Was Fired After Reporting That Denny's Lied About COVID-19 Temperature Test Results And Ordered Servers With High Fevers To Continue To Serve Customers

Former Denny’s Restaurant employee Kimberlina Ruiz recently filed suit against Denny’s Corporation and its franchisee Hye Quality Foods in Hanford, California, asserting claims for wrongful termination, retaliation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The case is Ruiz v. Hye Quality Foods, Kings County Case No. 20C-0245.

The lawsuit specifically alleges that Ms. Ruiz, a server at a Denny’s Restaurant, witnessed Denny’s “covering up the fact that a fellow food server had a high fever [of 100.4 degrees] and instructing the sick employee back to work at the Denny’s restaurant, potentially spreading [the] deadly and highly contagious [COVID-19] virus to hundreds of unsuspecting customers and co-workers.”

The lawsuit further alleges that, after Ms. Ruiz raised concerns to her supervisors and blew the whistle directly to Denny’s corporate headquarters, Denny’s management berated her, threatened her, and, ultimately, wrongfully terminated her employment in retaliation for her complaints.

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