This is the story of a service worker at Stanford who is also a single mother.
I have two small children at home that I take care of and who are also in online classes and all these changes are difficult because you don’t have anyone to leave them with. The supervisors do not help much because they told me that it was either those hours and those days or I could go home because they couldn’t do anything for me. And I can’t be sent home right now, it is not convenient for me because I need to work. And then thinking about the children that I have to leave…
Like other workers have shared, she shared about her experience with workplace harassment, particularly in not allowing the workers to breaks while working or a day off.
There are extra things that they want you to do and then you just don’t get to everything and sometimes you have to be in a position where you don’t even take your lunch in order to finish what one has to do and they always are around saying “hey you have to do this and this this and this.”
Even if you tell them long in advance, I need this day. anyway .. I mean, sometimes they give it, sometimes they don’t, or if they don’t say anything, I’ll let you know later. So, for example, if you ask for a day because you want to go out or want to do something, you can’t do anything either because you don’t know if they are going to give it to you or not.