I’ve been working at a restaurant in downtown Jacksonville, Florida for the past 3 months.
- I started working at the restaurant right after the summer season begin.
When I first started working at the restaurant, the AC unit worked fine. The restaurant has commercial central air conditioning, but there is a single mini split AC unit in the kitchen area for the staff. The kitchen is quite big and I do not believe that one air conditioning unit is enough for all of that square footage and people. I’ve been feeling very sick and nauseous every night that I am at work. Between the Heat of the oven and the flames from the grill, there isn’t enough cool air to actually make the temperature colder. It’s probably 110° in the back of that downtown Jacksonville, Florida restaurant. When the air conditioning system broke down last night, I told my boss that I wasn’t coming back to work unless it was fixed. I called one of my friends that works the day shift at the restaurant. I asked if there was a repair person at the restaurant or if the AC unit had been fixed. My friend informed me that it was still 100° in the back of the restaurant. Since the problems with the air conditioning system weren’t fixed, I called work to tell my boss that I wasn’t coming in for my shift. My boss actually sounded surprised, even though I warned him that I wasn’t going to work in the heat and humidity any longer.