The wife and mother once considered protecting Amazon's Seattle headquarters as security specialist for Security Industry Specialists (SIS) to be a good job. But that all changed on the day she lost her breath.
Last October, Tracison suffered an asthma attack while on duty. Fighting to breathe, she wasn't able to treat her unpredictable condition with an inhaler until after things took a turn for the worst. Trying to follow SIS employee protocol and seeking medical attention were distressing enough. But the aftermath of that day was worse.
Tracison says her supervisors suspended her two weeks later without pay for 3 days after she was relieved from her post by a supervisor due to her asthma attack, a clear violation of the PSST law.
"They said I was a good specialist and wanted to help me out," she said. "But at the same time, the supervisor kept telling me 'at the end of the day, we're a business.' But I'm a human being."
Although Tracison felt many effects from that day, her employer experienced no consequences for breaking the law.