Lizzet Aguilar knew to speak up when she couldn’t hug her son.

As the pandemic raged, she said she had worked for weeks at McDonald’s in Los Angeles without getting masks. She saw her co-workers being sent to clean other stores where people were getting ill.

Aguilar went on a strike, then filed a complaint to the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly called Cal-OSHA. The blowback was immediate and fierce, she said.

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