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Gingersnap
02-09-2010, 10:52 AM
Immigrants Claim Wal-Mart Fired Them to Provide Jobs for Local Residents
By DAN FROSCH
Published: February 8, 2010

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. — A small group of West African men who came to the Rockies in search of economic opportunity are embroiled in a dispute with Wal-Mart, accusing it of a raft of discriminatory actions. Most say they were dismissed because supervisors wanted to give their jobs to local people in need of work.

A spokesman, Greg Rossiter, said most of the men who had filed the complaints were part of a larger group of 90 employees of all different backgrounds dismissed last year after a management change at a store in Avon, Colo.

“These allegations just don’t accurately reflect the working environment at these stores,” Mr. Rossiter said. “We have a diverse group of associates, including many from West Africa, who are finding good career opportunities.”

In complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the 10 men said they had all worked for Wal-Mart for a few years, mostly without incident, at a variety of jobs at three stores in Avon, Glenwood Springs and Rifle.

But things changed in 2008 and 2009, when new managers took over the stores, according to the complaints as well as interviews here with four of the men, who continue to gather weekly at a cramped apartment and talk of their hopes of getting new jobs.

In January 2009, six complainants said, a new manager at the Avon store called a meeting of workers — virtually all West African — and said: “I don’t like some of the faces I see here. There are people in Eagle County who need jobs.”

Three other men, who worked at the Glenwood Springs store, said in the complaint that an assistant manager there, also new, had made a similar comment at a meeting of mostly West African workers.

One of them, Mamadou Sy, said in his complaint: “Directing himself towards the West Africans present, he said, ‘Wow, there are a lot of Africans, and I don’t like some of the faces I see here.’ We felt as if he was threatening us.”


I find this difficult to believe. White men might not like African immigrants for any number of reasons but they aren't going to say anything inflammatory like that in a meeting. Let alone, two different white men using that same phrasing in two different meetings.

Wally World isn't the habit of randomly changing store management for no reason. When it happens, it's because the previous management did something wrong. If the previous managers were okay with slackers, it's not unreasonable that the new managers would try to turn that around.

NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/us/09walmart.html?hpw)

stsinner
02-09-2010, 01:09 PM
Smells like bullshit to me...

noonwitch
02-09-2010, 02:06 PM
Smells like bullshit to me...



Me, too. Maybe Target is spreading the story!

PoliCon
02-09-2010, 02:10 PM
This story stinks to high heaven.

obx
02-10-2010, 11:34 AM
Fuck 'em.
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Speedy
02-10-2010, 11:51 AM
I see nothing wrong with a new manager coming in and cleaning house and hiring whoever the fuck he wants.