Buying a house or business in Pennsylvania is now her dilemma. The Oaxanian Paulina Bautista had a face to face with her former boss in a New York City court, and thanks to her facing her fear she can now have a different future. “The lawyer Michael told me to be strong, that he’s never lost a case and that we’re going to win, and that’s how I was able to confront him and we won the case,” says Paulina. “But in reality, when I saw him face to face I did get a little bit scared, but I prayed to the Lupita so that she can protect me and to Saint Martin Caballero for good luck” she adds.
At first, she didn’t want to go to the trial for the low salary and the extra hours that she wasn’t paid for at the cookie factory from 2011 to 2015. It was her husband who went to the office of Michael Faillace & Associates. There he was told that she had a good case; nevertheless, if the affected didn’t show up, there was no case. “You don’t get involved, the one that works here is me not you,” she told her husband. But his insistency won and she decided to give a fight. However, the past details of the job made her doubt at times. A past coworker had decided to sue their boss as well, but he threatened to fire her mother which made her go back on her decision. All of that in the middle of 13 hour work days for $5 an hour and enduring verbal abuse as well. To top it off he took out their lunch from their salary as well. She endured this for so long because of necessity until she decided to find another job.
She’s also thought about opening a business in New York, even though a friend has advised her to buy some land in Oaxaca instead, her hometown, for when the moment to retire comes. While Paulina thinks about what decision to make (her husband thinks she should open a business), she still keeps working, waking up at 6 in the morning until the crack of dawn, like any other day. From time in time, she remembers when she arrived to New York in 1992, coming from Oaxaca. Her first job as a babysitter, missing the fresh prickly pears. She still continues to miss them.