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D.C. woman: Fired for selling Girl Scout cookies at work

Friday - 3/22/2013, 4:15pm  ET

Nick Iannelli,

WASHINGTON -- A single mother in D.C. is searching for work after she was laid off from her job of nearly 30 years.

Tracy Lewis, 48, says she was let go for unfair reasons: selling Girl Scout cookies.

"They didn't give me any warning. They gave me a letter of termination," says Lewis.

Lewis says she walked into work, Bon Appétit at American University, as usual and was handed the letter without much explanation.

The note, which came with a final paycheck, said she had violated policy of the Bon Appétit Management Company and "solicited" and committed "gross misconduct" by running a "cash business."

"I'm not making any money," says Lewis. "My daughter didn't make any money. All the profit goes straight to the Girl Scouts."

Lewis says she sold Girl Scout cookies at work for the past three years with no issues.

"Some managers bought cookies," she says.

The mother is now trying to find ways to provide for her 12-year-old daughter.

Lewis' former manager at Bon Appétit, which operates the convenience store and dining programs at American University, refused to comment, saying only that it was a "private matter."

This story has been modified to make it clear that Tracy Lewis was an employee of Bon Appétit Management Company.

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