Suit says woman was assaulted and fired for reporting food safety violations at Publix

Posted on May 9, 2018 by


A lawsuit by a former longtime Publix employee claims she was discriminated against, physically assaulted, then fired after she pointed out food safety violations in the store’s meat department.

Tracy Aiken’s lawsuit, filed in Leon County Circuit Court on April 29, says she saw other employees at Publix’s Southwood Village store in Tallahassee changing the sell-by dates to keep meat products such as Porterhouse steaks and pre-packaged chicken products on the shelves too long. Also, she says she saw meat trimmings improperly labeled as “ground chuck.”

Aiken also claims some co-workers didn’t clean the meat cutter when it was used for different meats, a violation of federal code that can lead to food-borne illnesses.

The reaction described by the lawsuit included a co-worker telling her to “Get the f— out of my face” and a manager turning constantly critical while giving her one raise, 25 cents an hour.

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