I was terminated from Walmart after 18 years of service. Walmart allows four absences in a six month period. I had reached that mark and that is the reason that they used to terminate me. I have seen over the years situations where they wanted to terminate someone for one reason or another, and always used thier attendance to do so. I never thought that they would do it to me. There are so many people with worse attendance than I. Not to mention thier job performance. Which I never had a complaint about.
I have my suspicion that I was terminated for a different, unmentioned reason. I feel targeted, and was told in my exit interview that I had been being watched for a couple of months on camera. The reason that I feel targeted is as follows;
I worked with a man that one day showed up at work dressed as a woman. I don't really care what he does in his personal life, until it starts personally affecting me, and it did. The day that I walked in on him using the womens bathroom. It was two weeks after he started dressing as a woman. I knew he was still a man and had not had a sex change yet because I demanded proof from the management team.
I was told that he had gone to management to inform them that he wanted to get a sex change and in order to do so he had to dress like a woman for a year. They told him that they would respect that, but that he had to use the family bathroom. A couple of days later he showed up with a new drivers license stating that he was a female and insisted on using the womens bathroom.
It was then that I contacted a lawyer. I was told by this lawyer that a drivers license is not a legal document. It is a legal form of identification. But, cannot be used as a legal document because it can be forged and lied on. So, I went back to management with this and told them that I did not want to share the bathroom with this man. Not only did I not want to share the bathroom, nor did my coworkers, who would come to me as a sort of spokesperson for them. I also did not like the customers and thier daughters and grand daughters being forced to use the restroom with someone of the opposite sex.
I even presented to management that there was a slim possibility that this man might just be playing games to be able to share the bathroom with women. I went to human resources and presented this possibilty to them. I also told them what the lawyer told me in that there would not be any legal ramifications toward Walmart should they deny him use of the womens restroom, as they did not have to recognize the drivers license as the document proving that he was entitled to use of the womens restroom. They told me that I just needed to respect him as an individual, which was Walmarts policy.
I asked them how they would feel if I suddenly one day started using the mens restroom. I was actually told by one of the managers that he would feel safer with me in there than this man.
I made it known that I was in contact with a lawyer and how uncomfortable I was with this situation. There were women who would come to me and ask me to please keep nagging the lawyer to help us. There were so many women uncomfortable with this. I was very vocal about the violation and the hostile work environment we were being forced to work in. I beleive this is what got me fired, and my attendance was just the policy that was used to get rid of me.
I was an hourly supervisor, and most of the hourly supervisors were pretty lax on coming in at the last minute. But, no one else was terminated, just me. I was not asked to step down as a manager. I was just pulled into the office at the end at of my shift and terminated. I was never spoken to about my work ethic in the 18 years that I was with them.
So, they fired me. They even are fighting my unemployment claim. I used to be such a company girl. I was so proud to be working for the company that I would wear walmart logo clothes on my own time. But, now nothing is further form the truth. Walmart only cares for thier bottom line and not thier people. That hasn't always been so. So, whether I was fired for this situation or fired because I was getting too close to retirement, I was thrown out and not thanked at all for my service in seven stores and three states and 18 years of adjusting my life and my childrens lives to fit this company. The least that they can do is let me draw my unemployment until I can find something else.
The other reason that I feel targeted is that my exit papers actually say that I am "rehireable". I was making a good wage. They would rehire me at half the wage. I lost every benifit that I was grandfathered into, also. Because Walmart has taken so many benifits away from thier associates, there were quite a few benifits that I lost that cannot be gained back, even if rehired.