Teresa Oman, a 24-year-old from Mexico, worked for a restaurant chain called Taco Omanas in Texas.
She and a friend had just returned from a day at a Mexican festival and decided to have lunch at the restaurant in the Houston suburb of McKinney.
“We were walking around the restaurant and it was pretty crowded,” she said.
“There were so many people.
We walked in, and it just seemed like everyone was doing their business, but the waiters were still doing their work.”
When she returned to her table, she noticed that the waitresses were all wearing masks.
The restaurant manager told her that she could go home but she was told she could not come back for an hour.
The manager also said that she had to sign a contract to stay at the establishment.
“I don’t know if I signed the contract or not, because I wasn’t supposed to be here,” she told HuffPost.
“So I just felt like I had to tell him I was not going to work.
So I started yelling at him.
And he just looked at me like I was crazy, like he didn’t care.
It was not the first time Oman had been told by the manager that she couldn’t come back. “
I started telling him that if they don’t like my work, I have to quit.”
It was not the first time Oman had been told by the manager that she couldn’t come back.
In August, a similar incident happened at a similar restaurant in Houston.
When the manager said that the workers were all supposed to work, Oman said she felt that she was being punished.
“It felt like my body was being used against me,” she explained.
“Because of my face, because of my hair, because my eyes, because the hair on my arms, my breasts, my feet, my legs.
And I just wanted to say something.
But he just kept on talking to me.
And then I said, I’m sorry, I don’t want to work anymore.”
Oman was eventually fired.
“You can’t be a part of a chain that only cares about their bottom line,” she added.
Oman is not alone.
Mexican workers and other immigrant workers have been hit with similar situations, often times with dire consequences.
Last year, workers at a restaurant near the U.S.-Mexico border in New York were paid $2 an hour, but were told that they had to return to Mexico to finish their shift, according to the New York Times.
On Monday, the Department of Labor released a report that found that the median hourly wage of Mexican workers nationwide is just $11.53 an hour; many of those workers are working in fast-food restaurants.
Mexican families often earn far less than American workers, with the median household income in the United States averaging just $40,000 in 2015.
In Texas, which has the second highest number of Mexican migrant workers in the country, nearly 30 percent of residents live in poverty.
The state also has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the nation.
According to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center, nearly 12 million people of Mexican origin are unemployed in the U: 14.2 percent of the population is living in poverty and 7.3 percent of Hispanic workers have a jobless rate that is higher than the national average.
“These are not just issues of the U., but also for families, and the children,” said Jose Luis Villarreal, director of the Center for Migration Studies at the University of Texas.
“The kids are struggling to make ends meet.
These kids are living in an environment where they’re working on minimum wage.”
Villardel and other advocates have called on President Donald Trump to enforce the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought to the U, as young as 14, to apply for temporary work permits.
“This program is really hurting us, and we’re getting it,” Villarbal said.
The DACA program allows undocumented adults who arrived in the US before the age of 16 to live and work in the same country for up to five years.
Under the program, a parent with legal custody of a child can sponsor a child to work for a company that pays a lower wage than the federal minimum wage.
But it does not apply to undocumented adults with no legal or physical presence in the states.
In addition, the DACA program is also meant to help workers with children.
If a worker is a teenager or older and is not legally present in the state where they were brought, they will receive DACA status.
But if the worker is older and legally present, they must still meet the federal definition of a migrant worker to qualify for DACA.
And the DACA rules also prohibit people from bringing their children into the country illegally.
Villaraldo said that undocumented workers who have children in the house should not