I came to work on June 3rd, 2007 and after working on the clock for 20 minutes was instructed to report to personnel. First I was instructed to tell THEM what happened and I had no idea what they were talking about. I was then told that the store manager Wayne Costa had fired me two days before claiming I had sexually harassed a FEMALE patron.
WHAT? I was in shock and disbelief. First of all, something of this nature should have been immediatley reported and confronted at the time of said incident, as well as the police called to file a report. Nothing happened at that said time because this accusation is false. But there were no accusations. There were NO questions. There was NO investigation. I was NEVER pointed out, identified, or approached for questioning at any time by any employee or patron.
I had been terminated without my presence and without proof of even the existence of said victim- because I was also told that Wayne said he had recieved a PHONE CALL, from a MAN, and not said victim, AFTER my shift was over as well as AFTER said incident occured. So basically NO ONE involved was ever idenitified, may not have even been there at time of said incident, or even exists for that matter.
I was told I had said,"I'd like to eat that."I worked as a MEAT SALES ASSOCIATE-surrounded by MILLIONS of food products that many people would, "Like to eat." Also the meat dept. requires the use of a coat with NO nametag. So if this incident, which I personally have no memory of, even HAD occured, it could have easily been directed towards any food item. I was then scolded even more how there had been a couple previous associate complaints about me. I immediately told them that none of which were of a sexual nature.
My work file is supposed to contain a complaint by me, on this SAME DAY of said incident reporting a harassing co-worker. So this said phone call could easily be linked to associate retaliation against me.
I was also asked to sign a BLANK seperation form and refused to sign until it was filled out correctly.
If this is the way Wal-Mart believes thier store managers should handle the termination of employees as an "Automatic Guilty Policy" with no facts collected at all why do you hire employees?
If this is the way Wal-Mart believes associates should be treated with no respect, complete distrust, then why are we working for you to begin with?
To top it all off I had to seek unemployment compensation and failed due to the "seperation determination" WalMart is lying about. And just to put icing on the cake I have applied at dozens of employers over the last eleven weeks with no responses and no income because of WalMart's lies.
Fort Myers, Florida