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As we all know Walmart is a big series of stores distributed in multiple countries around the world. In this research I am going to study if Walmart follow its own code of ethics or not so I will provide some examples and make discussions then I will conclude the status of Walmart. When I decide to write the research, I expected to face some difficulties in collect information about how Walmart treat and deal with their employees but it was so easy to find the information that revolving about the rights and duties of employees, it was clear straight forward.
The first case makes me more interested and excited to research because I was always wondering why the cashiers in Walmart do not have a seat and not allowed to sit while they in their working hours. In 2009, Walmart (WMT) found itself defending against a massive employee class-action suit in California when a judge certified that Walmart broke the law by refusing to provide suitable seating for its cashiers who requested it.
Walmart’s response to this class action certification was not that it did, in fact, provide appropriate seating within parameters of existing laws. Instead, the response from Walmart’s legal team was that the class shouldn’t have been certified at all, and instead, each cashier should have to file and fight an individual lawsuit.
Logically, it seems that Walmart would prefer to just fight one lawsuit instead of fielding 100,000 individual claims. Walmart probably counted on legal actions to work like coupons; only a small percentage of people would follow through on the offer. My opinion is that Walmart did something legal and used the laws in its favor, but it asked to file a complaint about each employee separately instead of submitting 100,000 individual claims, but I consider this request to be unethical because the company is aware that only a small number of employees will file complaints. After all, this is a waste of time also costs the Attorney’s fees and court hearings.
Walmart believes that if its cashiers are allowed to sit down at any time during their work shift, they will not stand up again, to me, it does not make any sense to preventing them to sit I feel it’s ok if cashiers have seats so they can sit when they working.
One a day, I had a situation with my supervisor while working at Walmart, I finished my work that day while I am going to my car I saw my supervisor at the entrance, he asks me to gather carts before I leave. After that, the same situation was repeated without complaining, because I was afraid that he would punish me, and then I told one of my friends to work about what happened, and then my friend told me that the manager cannot give me orders while outside work hours and the company law consider that is an exploitation and against the company policy so I reviewed the code of ethics of Walmart then I find out the next under Wage & Hour subtitle.
“It is a violation of law and Walmart policy for you to work without compensation or for a supervisor (hourly or salaried) to request you work without compensation. You should never perform any work for Walmart without compensation.” (Global Statement of Ethics of Walmart)
Like many companies, Walmart has a vision for what it strives to achieve on a personal and community level. The company’s vision statement is as follows: ‘The vision of The Global Ethics Office is to promote ownership of Walmart’s ethical culture to all stakeholders globally’. The code provides information on how to raise a concern within the organization. Showing respect to the individuals not only to the customers but also in the organization brings positive vibes within the people there. I would surely join the organization as I prefer to be positive also would love to have such people working around me in the organization. It would be like a family and helps us overcome any issues quickly. We should always remember that moral help will make us feel better in our crises.
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