- Taco Bell employee Alana Bechiom is suing the popular fast food chain after a Christmas party descended into sexual debauchery and intoxicated vomiting
- Bechiom claims she was forced to leave her job after reporting the inappropriate behavior to the San Pedro Taco Bell’s human resources
A Taco Bell employee is suing the popular fast food chain after a Christmas party at one of its restaurants descended into debauchery.
Alana Bechiom filed a lawsuit against against Taco Bell and a Colorado-based franchise owner after she allegedly had to quit her job at the chain for reporting behavior at the party to human resources.
Bechiom claims the party at a Los Angeles area location ended in three-way sex romps in full view of others after a supervisor covered the windows and security cameras with wrapping paper and even a drunk employee vomiting into a bowl of guacamole.
The complaint claims that Bechiom, along with her sister and her sister’s partner, attended a Christmas party at the Taco Bell location where she worked in San Pedro, California on December 18 last year.
She was invited to the party by her supervisor, Lidia Ruiz, who is named in the complaint filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Employees of a Taco Bell in San Pedro, California, allegedly engaged in three-way sex at a Christmas Party last year
When Bechiom arrived she ‘discovered that Ruiz covered the windows of the restaurant with wrapping paper’ and ‘also covered the cameras for the lobby in the inside of the restaurant,’ according to the complaint.
Bechiom also claims Ruiz provided the alcohol to staffers, some of whom were ‘overserved’.
The complaint alleges that around midnight, Bechiom, who had been socializing outside the restaurant for a short time, ‘walked back into the restaurant’ and witnessed a co-worker ‘having sex with his wife in front of everyone at the party.’
The co-worker’s wife was ‘bent over’ and ‘kissing both Ruiz and another co-worker,’ the complaint alleged.
Bechiom claims she was ‘shocked, disgusted and outraged by what she saw and ran outside,’ according to the complaint, which does not specify what damages she seeks.
She then returned inside to retrieve the bowl of guacamole she had brought with her only to find Ruiz and another co-worker throwing up in the bowl.
In the following days, Bechiom reported the incident to human resources as well as to Alvarado Restaurant Group, the Colorado-based franchisee that owns and operates the San Pedro location.
The company investigated the complaint and fired Ruiz and the other co-workers involved in the alleged sex.
Bechiom alleged that she along with her sister, and her sister’s partner attended a Christmas party at the Taco Bell location where she worked in San Pedro, California on December 18 last year
However, this did not draw a line under the incident since ‘someone associated with’ Ruiz and the co-workers ‘retaliated’ against Bechiom by ‘smash[ing] out the back left window’ of her car at her home in the middle of the night, according to the complaint.
Bechiom also allegedly received a torrent of abusive messages including g one from a female co-worker which read: ‘baby girl I wanna break your face [I don’t give a f–k] about your car.’
Another from a male co-worker allegedly called her ‘stupid n f–ked up,’ a ‘hoe,’ and ‘slut.’
Bechiom reported the incidents to the Los Angeles Police Department as well as to her superiors at Taco Bell.
However, Taco Bell and the franchisee ‘did nothing about these threats and instead told [her] that they were transferring her to a new location rather than disciplining the employees who threatened her’ the complaint alleges.
On Christmas Eve, Bechiom ‘felt so overcome with significant stress, physical and mental illness and anxiety from the hostile work environment’ that ‘she had no other choice’ but to inform her bosses that she was leaving her role.
Bechiom alleged in the complaint that she ‘has suffered actual, consequential and incidental financial losses’ and that her ‘constructive termination’ violated anti-discrimination laws.
A spokesperson for Taco Bell told DailyMail.com ‘while we don’t own or manage this location, the franchisee who owns and operates this restaurant has shared that they take these claims very seriously.’