So ive been in the rest. service industry for about 5 years, and recently quit my job @ O*****k Steakhouse. The reason I quit? Well, in a nutshell.. The company issues us clean, pressed, and starched work uniforms at the beginning of every shift, and at the end, we turn them back in w/ $1.50 for drycleaners. So this newyears day, it turned out however, somebody in management dropped the ball and the uniforms werent cleaned. Since I work a late shift, 86 aux. uniforms.
By the time I had arrived, the only thing available were filthy used wrinkled uniforms. I objected to wearing something quite so disgusting (food stains and body odor), and mgmg proceeded to yell at me as if I were a toddler, rather than come to a compromise. Not responding to this form of coercion, I quit on the spot.
What were my rights in this situation? and is there room to file complaint with the Virginia employment commission?
What can/should I do legally, if anything?
...An update to the story, I came back to the restaurant location today, to say my goodbyes and collect friends' phone #s. Our proprietor came over and started calling me a "punk", and kicked me out of the location, all the meanwhile calling me a "Punk" repetitively on the way out. Why did he kick me out? Because I was turning into a martyr, inspiring a wave of 2-week notices.