I was a Walmart associate from March 2016 to Dec 2020. It was very difficult. I have Epilepsy, and I have known since I was in my teens. I think it’s been more debilitating in recent years. One of the biggest complaints is speed. I’m not fast like other people and I don’t think I’m as fast as I was 15 years ago. There is nothing I can do about that and I have explained this to management. I have asked what other roles I could do. I had one manager in the last store who acted all sympathetic, and made the paperwork to transfer to from overnight to days. I kid you not, on my last night working the overnight shift I got written up by that same manager and another one.
They where telling me that I was lying about my medical history and problems.
It’s not the first time I’ve had these issues. I even had management in the first store I worked in sign off on my write up that I would talk to my doctors to see what we can do to help my motor -functions. Yes, my management didn’t even read the action plan I wrote, but they signed off on it. What worse is that I don’t have a copy of my write-ups.
We Walmart associates aren’t even allowed to see our write-ups after all is said and done. I find that shady.
My last job was also a multi-billion dollar company and they gave anyone who got written-up a copy of it. At Walmart, because it’s all digital, how do I know that they won’t alter anything if Walmart had to go to court?
During Covid, I had to do several quarantines. One of them at the insistence of the Navy because had to quarantine before deploying. The other 2 quarantines were at Walmart’s insistence because I don’t drive. I take public transport because of my seizures, and waiting at the bus stop in 115 degrees Fahrenheit made it seem I had a fever when I got to work. The second time, I had symptoms down the check list for Covid. It wasn’t Covid but I was forced to follow procedures, and couldn’t come to work.
At some point I called my store and left messages asking when I could go back to work, but no one would call me back.
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I had no access to my schedule because when I transferred to this store from the other side of the country there was a glitch in the system. I Transferred in May of 2019 and management wouldn’t fix the problem until overnight, daytime, and field support managers all talked to eachother. I think back to fall of 2019 I had a seizure at this particular, new location for the first time. My hours were cut. I feel it was because of this incident.
The fact that I transferred to day shifts — and my last night shift with them they decided to write me up, ridicule me, and call me a liar about my health issues — makes me think that my epilepsy is most definitely the reason they cut my hours.
I contacted home office about my dismissal and they pretty much tried ignore me. It took me reaching out to the labor board for this store to call me. They left a message to call them back but wouldn’t give a reason. My husband — whose job is on par with being a paralegal in the Navy — advised me not to go because of the closed door ridicule I have dealt with in the past. I have not gotten any feedback from the labor board.
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