Taco Bell Manager Attacks Pregnant Employee for Asking for Too Many Breaks

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The manager of a Taco Bell in Portland, Oregon, who choked a pregnant employee in June of 2018 was sentenced last week to anger management and community service.

Linda Joyce Wilkerson, 48, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of fourth-degree assault and strangulation.

  • Wilkerson was allegedly angry at her employee for asking for too many breaks.

    According to her statement to law enforcement, the victim -- who was four months pregnant at the time -- said that she needed frequent breaks because of her pregnancy and that this angered Wilkerson. When the victim inquired about the issue, she was told to meet in the back office. That's when the altercation occurred, according to investigators.

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  • Luckily, the whole thing was caught on surveillance tape.

    The footage shows the two women arguing, and then Wilkerson slamming the door in the victim’s face. She rushes the employee and then appears to wrap her hands around the woman’s throat.

    It appears that Wilkerson then released her grip on the victim and left the office. Port of Portland police responded to investigate.

  • In addition to anger management classes and 100 hours of community service, Wilkerson was also sentenced to three years of formal probation.

    She was also ordered to pay the victim $250 in restitution and have no contact with her.

  • “To me it is a big deal,” the victim said in court. “I was pregnant with my now-healthy son.”

    “That was my job. I was supposed to feel safe there, the victim said. "I wasn’t sure if she was going to let go of my throat. It was a big deal. I do believe she deserves this sentence.”

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