- The new lawsuit alleges that last year’s Taco Bell holiday party went awry.
- The lawsuit alleges that the event focused on employees getting drunk and having sex in public places.
- In the lawsuit, the employee claims that after reporting the incident, she was threatened.
The new lawsuit alleges that last year’s Taco Bell holiday party went awry and led to employees getting drunk, having sex in public and throwing up in a bowl of guacamole.
The lawsuit was filed by a woman who worked at Taco Bell in San Pedro, California at the time and was present at the holiday party. The lawsuit alleges that she reported the incident and faced retaliation from people associated with the defendants in the case.
Alvarado Restaurant Group, the franchise owner that operates the Taco Bell location, did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Taco Bell said in a statement to Business Insider: “While we do not own or operate this location, the franchisee that owns and operates this restaurant has assured us that it takes these claims very seriously.”
The lawsuit alleges that the woman’s supervisor invited her to a party at the Taco Bell restaurant where they worked in December 2022. The lawsuit alleges that when she arrived, she found that her supervisor had covered the restaurant’s windows and cameras in the lobby inside restaurant with wrapping paper.
The defendant’s supervisor served alcohol at the party, and many people were “overindulged,” the complaint alleges.
The lawsuit says the woman who filed the lawsuit left the restaurant at some point and met outside for a while. When she returned around midnight, the lawsuit alleges that she “witnessed her co-worker” having “sex with his wife in front of everyone at the party.”
The lawsuit alleges that the co-worker’s wife “leaned in and kissed” her supervisor and another co-worker at the same time. According to the lawsuit, the woman who filed the lawsuit was “shocked, disgusted and outraged” and ran outside.
But according to the suit, she left a bowl of guacamole inside. The lawsuit alleges that when she returned to retrieve it, she saw her supervisor and co-worker vomiting.
“One vomited into the trash and the other vomited into plaintiff’s guacamole bowl,” the complaint alleges.
In the lawsuit, the woman claims that she informed Taco Bell’s HR department and the franchise owner, Alvarado Restaurant Group, about what happened during the holiday party. The lawsuit alleges that her supervisor and other employees who participated in the public sexual encounter were fired.
However, the lawsuit alleges that after the termination, “someone associated” with the defendants “smashed the left rear window” of her car in the middle of the night.
The lawsuit alleged that Taco Bell and Alvarado Restaurant Group “did nothing about these threats and instead said [her] that instead of disciplining the employees who threatened her, they are transferring her to a new place.”
The woman ultimately left her job and “suffered actual, consequential and incidental financial losses,” the complaint alleges.
The lawsuit also names Taco Bell, Alvarado Restaurant Group and “DOES 1 to 50” as defendants. The lawsuit alleged that Do 1-50 were people who “negligently, intentionally or otherwise were legally responsible for events and occurrences.”