Another Sad Commentary
In the reality of today's economy there continues to those who show case the ruthlessness of employers. Wal-Mart again, rises to the occasion where profits exceeds humility, benevolence, and compassion toward their employees. This time in the Tampa Bay area of Florida occurred another blantent act of discrimination where an employee who managed to work herself up through the ranks from over 20 years of exemplary service now finds herself among the rank and file multitudes of the unemployed through no fault of her own.
Many questions have surfaced since especially in the case of one Jan Sullivan, a Wal-Mart employee extraordinair. The first question that comes to mind and one should ask: Why in the world would a Wal-Mart manager assign a women who has worked for Wal-Mart for all those years to a position late at nite especially on the eve of Black Friday? Another more disturbing question is why would you assign this women to guard the entrence and was told not to let people use this entrence that everyone used previously as an exit also? If Wal-Mart needed so badly to enforce this makeshift rule when they know it would be the busiest period of the year they should have assigned that to a person who just by shear size would be able to enforce that rule and not some little old lady.
This whole climate of the managerial practices of Wal-Mart reveals a more sinister design. It very well could be that Wal-Mart wanted to put one of the oldest and by the way this employee already reached the salary cap established by Corporate Wal-Mart, into a position knowing full well of the temperament of customers coming in that late at nite especially on the eve of Black Friday. This and along with the fact to blatantly have this little old lady try to enforce an up to the minute rule of no exiting through the entrance when in all other times was used as both entrance and exit in an attempt to customize the flow of customers.
This is about a women who reached the salary cap on earnings far above the average Wal-Mart employee. This is about a women who is in her 70's. This is about a women who had served loyally for over 20 years. This is about an employee whose dedication was beyond reproach. This is about the culture of corporate America today where a manager is too quick to judge imposing practices knowing full well of the outcome. To terminate an employee and then purposely claim a blatant charge of misconduct again knowing full well that unemployment benefits will be denied just so Wal-Mart saves money is unconscionable. But, that is the reality of most business practices today in the United States.
It is no wonder when profit alone motivates the business culture employees especially in Florida, a right to work state, have no rights. Age and wage discrimination is alive and well not only in Florida but all across the country. As long as Florida's Governor continues his onslaught of defiance and continues to stand above the law what can the average John Doe and the Jan Sullivan's expect except the harsh reality imposed keeping all in a perpetual state of economic distress.