A Portland Taco Bell manager who choked a pregnant employee for asking for too many breaks last June is now required to take anger management classes.
Yahoo! News reports 48-year-old Linda Joyce Wilkerson pleaded guilty last Friday to charges of fourth-degree assault and strangulation. Wilkerson was a direct supervisor at the Taco Bell near Portland International Airport and became frustrated with the victim. The young woman told police that Wilkerson gave her a hard time because she was four months pregnant and needed to take frequent breaks.
She said Wilkerson asked her to meet in the back office and started screaming then grabbed her by the neck and throat. Prior to the choking, Wilkerson slammed the door in the woman’s face twice and asked her to clock out.
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The attack was captured on the restaurant’s surveillance camera. During a court appearance last Friday, the victim made a statement in reference to the attack.
“To me it is a big deal. I was pregnant with my now healthy son. That was my job. I was supposed to feel safe there. 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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Wilkerson was sentence to serve 100 hours of community service ,pay $250 in restitution, three years probation, and have no contact with the victim.