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Mar 6, 2014

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Hourly Walmart workers who miss their scheduled shifts because they’re sick or moncler outlet having a family emergency risk getting fired under cheap moncler sale the company’s punitive policy on sick leave. The policy is particularly harsh toward women, who most often care for children and family members outside of work.

Each time a worker misses a scheduled shift the schedule is worked out three weeks in advance they earn a “point.” Accrue enough points and you’re buy moncler jackets fired, or as company spokesman Blake Jackson puts it: “You’re eligible for termination.”

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But Walmart workers tell a vastly different story in a report released earlier this month from A Better Balance, a nonprofit legal advocacy group. The group surveyed about 1,000 of the company’s employees. Eighty five percent said Walmart regularly punishes people for taking time off because of a disability or serious illness.

The report claims that Walmart often acts unlawfully, penalizing workers who should moncler outlet sale be protected under various federal laws. Workers said their managers would often ignore notes from doctors not even reading them before issuing points.

Katie Orzehowski told HuffPost she missed a few shifts from her job at a Walmart in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, after she had a miscarriage last year and was docked six or seven points.

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Walmart disputes Orzehowski’s story, which she also shared with The New York Times.

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moncler jackets outlet Walmart said it hasn’t examined the survey in detail and notes that it cannot speak to the accuracy of the anonymous anecdotes in it. moncler jackets outlet

The company says the point system is necessary to keep workers from calling at the last minute and leaving their colleagues short handed.

Workers do need to miss work on occasion, and the company has “processes in place to assist them,” spokesman Jackson told HuffPost Moncler Outlet, emphasizing that Walmart complies with federal cheap moncler coats laws. “We believe we have the right training measures cheap moncler jackets in place to help communicate our attendance, disability and pregnancy policies to our associates.”

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moncler outlet sale Employees say the system effectively scares them from taking sick time and adds stress to already stressful situations. Women, who are often responsible for children at home, are in a particularly tight spot. You can’t always plan in advance for when your child gets an ear infection or needs to be picked up early from school. moncler outlet sale

cheap moncler jackets sale The stories in the Better Balance report are heartbreaking: One worker said her manager threatened that she’d earn points if she took time off to be with her mother, who was getting hospice care. cheap moncler jackets sale

“She was on her deathbed when I requested time off to be with her,” this worker says in the report. “My request was denied. Walmart said I would be fired if I took the time off. My mother died alone in early April 2017. Not being with her when she passed was devastating.”

cheap moncler outlet Other employees describe receiving points for taking time off to handle chronic conditions like asthma or emergency medical conditions like a heart attack. A mother got points for taking her son to the hospital when he had pneumonia. “In many instances, it runs afoul of federal, state and local law.” cheap moncler outlet

A Better Balance, which has also filed a separate pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Walmart on behalf of two employees, worked with the labor group OUR Walmart to conduct its moncler outlet store survey via Facebook, targeting users who identified as Walmart employees.

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