Woman claims she was fired after speaking out about working conditions


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A woman who spoke out about her working conditions says she was fired for doing so. Now, she and a group of activists are protesting her former employer.

Claudina Laura used to work for Family Care Visiting Nurse, until she was fired “for exercising my rights, freedom of speech and fighting for a fair workplace.”

She appeared on panels with lawmakers to talk about poor working conditions and low pay. She says she was fired when gallbladder surgery kept her off the job for a total of five days.

“People understand that these are conditions that every person deserves,” said Lindsey Farrell of Connecticut Working Families.

“There is so much support that they will take it seriously, and if they want to have a good image to their customers, they will treat their workers with fairness,” she continued.

Groups from across Connecticut came out Wednesday to protest. They were going to hand deliver 9,000 signatures, until management caught wind of the protest and banned them from the property. When they made the attempt to deliver the petition, they were handed to a New Haven police officer.

“I’ll grab it for you. I’ll give it to the management,” the officer said.

“It’s 9,000 signatures and a letter asking for a meeting,” Farrell told him.

Laura is now weighing her legal options.

The News 8 Investigators called Family Care Visiting Nurse Wednesday afternoon. They said they would get back to us, but no one ever called back.

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