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Re: “New report accuses Walmart of violating laws in punishing absences

I lost a job at Walmart because of having to intermittently call in due to a chronic illness. I would work with coworkers to make sure my shift was covered, and would bring doctor's notes, but they were still counted against me.

My managers could have chosen to excuse that. They have the ability to, but they don't care. The store manager actively reprimanded any managers who did excuse absences, and the one manager who would was fired for being "too lenient" with employees.

Every day counts as an individual point by the way.

This system works against employee and customer interest.

Imagine having an illness that takes you out of work for three days. That's three points. Then a few months later your kid gets sick enough to be hospitalized and it's touch and go for a day, so that's one more. You desperately want to stay with your child at the hospital, because their condition is still serious, but your manager already told you it wouldn't be excused, so you go to work. Every second of that shift you're aware things could get worse, and you can't be by your child's side. Luckily they recover.

A month after that you have a car accident on your way to work that totals your car and leaves you unconscious and injured. You miss the day at work, and can't call in until after the shift has started. Despite a note from the hospital, it isn't excused.

That's four more points. A total of 8/9.

Your leg was also injured, but management won't work with you because the injury happened off the clock. Instead of getting time for it to recover, it's right back to work.

You can't lose this job. There are bills to pay, and you have a child to care for. So for the rest of the six months it takes for the first three points to roll over, you don't call in for anything.

Not when you have a fever high enough to make you dizy, not when the knee that was injured in the accident that never fully got to heal acts up. Not even when you get the flu and projectile vomit every so often. The customers are visibly uncomfortable then, with an employee continuously retching during their shift. Management tries to send you home, and you ask if it will be excused. They say no, so you refuse to go home.

Now you've been labeled a problem employee, but you managed to make it through the six months. You thank God this didn't happen when you were a new employee.

The previous 'hypothetical scenario' is based almost blow for blow on what happened to a former coworker of mine.

Just how many customers and employees were made sick by that? How much was that person's child made to worry, because their parent couldn't rest, even when something was wrong? How much will they be negatively affected for years to come because they couldn't properly rest their leg, and the recovery was botched ad a result?

If you're a heartless bastard and don't care about people, maybe money will talk. How much money was lost due to the accumulated lost productivity from all the people that were made sick? How much less productive will that worker be now that they may have a long term injury?

This isn't an isolated incident by the way. Whether or not you survive working at Walmart intact comes down to having good luck and not falling ill, getting injured, or having children to care for.

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Posted by Allen_Jones on 12/22/2017 at 7:21 AM


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