Sophia Cargill: Wendy's worker who was called 'b***h' by manager in viral video suspended
Instead of taking action against the manager for creating a hostile work environment, Wendy's reportedly suspended Sophia Cargill without pay
Suspended Wendy's employee Sophia Cargill garnered a lot of support on social media after she posted a video of her manager cussing at her during work. The incident reportedly happened at a Wendy's restaurant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Cargill worked as a general manager in training. In the viral video, a man named 'Mike', whom she later identified as the assistant manager, can be heard yelling at Cargill. He uses the word 'b***h' at her, much to the shock and horror of the other employees present.
However, instead of taking action against the manager for creating a hostile work environment, Wendy's reportedly suspended Sophia Cargill without pay. The action prompted social media users to criticize Wendy's and express their support for the woman. Meanwhile, Cargill has reportedly quit her job at Wendy's and started a GoFundMe to help fund her legal costs, rent and food for the month. At the time of writing this, the campaign had raised $11,193 out of its $18,000 goal.
Who is Sophia Cargill?
Cargill posted the video on her YouTube channel with the title, "Another day with Karen its Ken in this case, in toxic work force being harassed at work". She additionally stated that she had reported about the toxic work environment at the Wendy's outlet in the past as well, but no action was taken.
On her GoFundMe page, Cargill wrote, "...This happened to me at work I was told I may not receive compensation for my suspension from work due to me reporting a hostile work environment. I am the General manager in training this person here is the assistant manager he does not want me to become the general manager and he made it hard for me while in training. I endured multiple occasions that I reported to the general manager and nothing was done. I got suspended but This is just the only one I got on film. I’m unsure if I want to return to Wendy’s. I’m asking for help during my transition and I’m debating returning because this problem is systemic I’m traumatized and this is why I’m unsure of my return to Wendy’s. Thank you for any help in advance. I’m hiring a lawyer! And protecting me and my mental health."
In one of the updates, Cargill added, "I’m not returning to Wendy’s my therapist says it will cause me to be even more upset so I’m trying to hold it together I’m stressed out, traumatized and I’ve just been crying I’m livid on the inside and I’m hurt."
While not much is known about Cargill's personal life, a report from 2013 has been doing rounds online where a Sophia Cargill from Kalamazoo has been featured, which is believed to be her. As a high school graduate, Sophia Monea Cargill was featured by MLive for her inspiring journey, where she overcame homelessness, pregnancy and even a shooting to complete her school education. The native of Comstock, Michigan, graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 2013.
As a young teenager of 13, she was kicked out of her mother's house, which forced her into a life of hardships on the streets for three years. Amid all the struggles, her academic progress was hindered. "There were a lot of Fs on my transcript," she had said.
At 17, she moved in with an aunt who provided her with a stable housing and helped her get back on track with school work. At the time, Cargill was attending Comstock Compass High School. Upon the suggestion of a teacher, she visited a therapist and was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The medication reportedly helped her focus on work "10 times better". Her grades also improved significantly.
When she was all set to graduate in Spring 2012, she suddenly discovered that she had become pregnant. Around the same time, she witnessed a shootout where her boyfriend was injured. It was a major shock for Cargill, and she once again slipped away from the academic path.
In September 2012, Sophia gave birth to her daughter Edriana. Soon afterward, she decided to go back to school. She eventually graduated at 20 years of age and also decided to attend the Kalamazoo Valley Community College.