Maria Ruiz is the sole breadwinner for a household that includes her two daughters—one of whom is pregnant—along with two of her grandkids.

But the 46-year-old was fired from a San Jose McDonald’s on Tuesday for lying about using an incorrect coffee pot—a charge Ruiz flat-out denies.

After all, Ruiz had worked at that particular McDonald’s location on 2040 N. First St. for 16 years, and she said she wouldn’t make such a rookie mistake.

A group of approximately 30 people—including a couple of employees—went on strike Wednesday to protest the firing of Ruiz, saying it was retaliation for her activism.

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