As Walmart Goes, so Goes the Nation

Impact of unemployment, stagnant wages Yesterday, there was no Provolone cheese in the dairy section at my local Wal-Mart. In fact, many of the sections where sliced cheese is normally present in abundance were completely bare. So I ate my ham sandwich sans cheese. I thought of this today when I read news reports indicating … Continue reading “As Walmart Goes, so Goes the Nation”

Walmart Dodges Bullet on Sex Discrimination

Wal-Mart may have dodged the bullet for alleged systemic sex discrimination dating back at least a decade. Last week a federal judge in San Francisco denied class certification in a statewide class action lawsuit filed by five female Wal-Mart employees in California on behalf of 150,000 past and present female workers in that state who  allegedly were denied … Continue reading “Walmart Dodges Bullet on Sex Discrimination”

Taxpayers’ Xmas Present to Walmart?

Who pays when an employer does not offer health care or pension benefits to its employees, opting instead to pocket its profits? Taxpayers.  The Huffington Post has obtained a copy of Walmart’s health care policy, which shows that the, the nation’s largest private employer will begin to deny insurance to new employees who work fewer … Continue reading “Taxpayers’ Xmas Present to Walmart?”

What about Walmart?

Note: Gillane was sentenced to 96 years in prison on 12/14/11. A jury this week found John Gillane, 46, the Walmart employee who shot and wounded three of his supervisors last year, guilty of seven felony counts, including two counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon. But what about Walmart? Does this incident say … Continue reading “What about Walmart?”

Walmart Shooter Felt Unfairly Treated

His supervisors said John Gillane was well liked and had no work issues. However. John Gillane, 45, a nine-year veteran Walmart employee felt he was not fairly treated. After purchasing ammunition at the Reno, NV, Walmart  store , Gillane shot and wounded three supervisors on Oct. 29, 2010. Initial news reports indicated that employment conflict … Continue reading “Walmart Shooter Felt Unfairly Treated”

Bill O’Reilly and the Market-Driven Approach to Halting Sexual Harassment

Note: Bill O’Reilly was fired by Fox News on 4/19/17 after an advertiser revolt stemming from pubilcity surrounding his settlement of five sexual harassment lawsuits. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century … Continue reading “Bill O’Reilly and the Market-Driven Approach to Halting Sexual Harassment”

Thoughts About the EEOC’s New Direction

For an employee advocate, there is something vaguely troubling about the EEOC’s 2015 performance report. For one thing, the agency touts as an achievement that it provided 3,700 “no-cost” educational training and outreach events to business. But why are taxpayers offering free training to business?  Employers have a legal obligation to follow U.S. law. Isn’t … Continue reading “Thoughts About the EEOC’s New Direction”

Proven Methods to Stop Workplace Harassment

A simple but innovative strategy has had a dramatic impact on the problem of sexual harassment and violence in the tomato growing industry. Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Director of the Fair Food Standards Council, told an EEOC task force this week that council  participants, including McDonalds and Walmart, pledge to only buy tomatoes from growers who implement … Continue reading “Proven Methods to Stop Workplace Harassment”

White House Summit For ‘New Generation’ of Workers

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez announced this week that the White House will hold a “Summit on Worker Voice” on October 7 to “energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work.” That’s great but … what about the “older generation” of  American workers? The … Continue reading “White House Summit For ‘New Generation’ of Workers”

Age Discrimination Masquerades as Good Deed

Twenty-nine U.S. corporations so far  have signed onto an “initiative” to discriminate against older workers through the “100,000 Opportunities Initiative.” The “employer led coalition,” which has received the blessing of the Obama administration,  blatantly violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions, which describes itself as an “intermediary” for the initiative in the hiring … Continue reading “Age Discrimination Masquerades as Good Deed”