A woman who was employed at a Houston Whataburger says she was forced to clean the establishment’s floors, dining areas and bathrooms with a toothbrush.

Whitney Clark says the orders came from her manager. 

From KHOU: 

Clark said the mean words came from none other than her managers at this Whataburger where she works as a cook. But what came next was something far more humiliating.

“She said we’ve got to get on our hands and knees and clean the floor with a toothbrush,” said Clark.

Clark’s mother shot cell phone video of her daughter working on the floors through the window. She expressed disbelief over what her daughter had been ordered to do.

Clark said she was on her hands and knees for four long hours, cleaning the dining room floor, and the floors in both the men’s and women’s restrooms.

“And the worst part was I didn’t even think to put gloves on and they didn’t even have the gloves out,” said Clark.

Read more at KHOU

Clark, who injured her knees during the labor, filed a workman’s comp claim as well as a complaint with the EEOC.

A spokesperson for Whataburger released the following statement:

“One of our Core Values at Whataburger is to treat others with respect. We also pride ourselves in providing a safe and clean working environment. Therefore we ask all of our employees at all levels to participate in keeping our restaurants clean for our customers. Cleaning with proper cleaning equipment is standard operating procedure for all our restaurants.”

Clark, who now walks with a limp, says she feels “disgusted” by the incident.


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