The Page of Shame
This page is devoted to companies that continue to abuse and throw away their most valuable asset, their employees!
All information on this page is PUBLIC knowledge
WAL-MART STORES, INC.
I was amazed by the amount of websites workers and former employees have about this company. I have a family member who is an injured employee of Wal-Mart. After they were objected to harassment and intimidation by management, supervisors, even coworkers, I started searching the Internet about Wal-Mart Inc. The results were shocking to say the least. Below are just some of the websites I have found about this company.
employees not given the chance to submit a workers' comp claim.
Wal-Mart workers: Please do not report injuries
article linked above details State of Washington statements about Wal-Mart.
L&I officials stated among other things that Wal-Mart "repeatedly failed"
to respond to worker claims, or pay workers their benefits, in a timely way;
that it prematurely cut off employees' replacement wages or "miscalculated"
them; that it has shown "consistently poor record keeping," and has
even failed to provide "adequate first aid facilities." L&I's
Gary Moore also said that in some instances Wal-Mart employees were not even
given the chance to submit a workers' comp claim.
By these statements,
we thought there was a state government actually acting responsibly to protect
its workers. In a
settlement reached between L&I and the company, Wal-Mart was allowed to
remain self-insured but was required to have its workers' compensation claims
administered by an independent third party for eight years.
now new details have come forth to strongly cast suspicion on L&I's
In the Feb.
15, 2002 Yakima Herald, L&I spokesman Robert Nelson suggested
the settlement was used as leverage to ensure that a warehouse was built
not in another state, saying: "We wanted something that held their feet
to the fire, and this building does. If they were to decide to not build here,
parts of the agreement get ugly for them." Nelson reportedly suggested
that, had the company chosen another state, the company may have not been
to handle its claims for 20 years, as opposed to eight.
State Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Rick Bender says, "I'd like to think
our state agencies aren't making special deals when it comes to workplace safety
and other important standards. The workers who have been, or will be, injured
at Wal-Mart shouldn't have their interests traded off by state agencies."
about this development here.
Of all the
sites About Wal-Mart, this one is the most detailed.
against Wal-Mart is about maintaining quality community living standards. The
legacy of Wal-Mart isn't lower prices. The true legacy of Wal-Mart is lower
living standards for hard working Americans. The fact is for every Wal-Mart
store that opens, jobs are lost to the community, the tax bases shrinks, the
number of workers with health benefits declines, and the number of workers eligible
for welfare increases. We have to confront Wal-Mart to stop the retail giant
from turning good jobs into bad jobs, from turning taxpaying workers and their
families into welfare-eligible families supported by taxpayers and from turning
workers into the ranks of the uninsured.
are former Wal-Mart employee websites
Employee Abuse Forum: http://members.aol.com/walmopboy/abuse/frame1.htm
Wal-Mart Personal Injury Survivor: www.walmartsurvivor.com/
Wal-Mart Wal of Shame
As long as
big profits go straight to the corporate office, there is no incentive for Wal-Mart
to be good citizens. They have demonstrated that once established in a neighborhood,
they care little about being a good neighbor. Their primary function is to funnel
money from your community store to the corporate office in Bentonville, Arkansas.
38% of Wal-Mart employees have company provided health insurance compared
to a national average that shows 60% of employees are covered by company plans.
Wal-Mart Settles Employment
Discrimination Claim Of Two Applicants Who Are Deaf
Verdicts Against Wal-Mart
By Lewis L. Laska Member of the Nashville, Tennessee Bar
Published by the Wal-Mart Litigation Project
901 Church Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Fax: (615) 255-6289
To read about
these cases click here,
These are past lawsuits filed against Wal-Mart.
Current Legal Developments Concerning Wal-Mart
The current cases are from October 1999 to January 2000. To read about these
current cases click here
Boeing to Ill Workers: "It's All In Your Head"
Read An Investigation of the Boeing Company Here.
Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), "The MCS Debate: A Medical Streetfight."
Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) patients commonly suffer headaches, chronic fatigue,
memory lapses dizziness, stomach problems, rashes, hives and disturbed vision.
Researchers attribute many central nervous system disorders to a form of brain
damage called toxic encephalopathy (brain inflammation due to poisons). "I feel
like I have the flu all the time," said Wendell Boggs, a former Boeing worker
at Auburn who has worked with chemicals for the better part of 30 years.
and untold dozens of current and former Boeing workers continue to live with
medical problems ranging from nausea and nose bleeds to impaired vision and
brain damage - they blame on chemicals at the Auburn plant, the top-secret Developmental
Center in south Seattle and other Boeing facilities. And, like four years ago,
many of them continue to fall through the cracks of a system that, on paper
was designed to help workers who have been hurt on the job.
Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) doing about this.
of the huge financial stake that it has in debunking the existence of MCS, Boeing
is making its imposing presence felt at the Washington Department of Labor and
Industries (L&I), which oversees the state's workers' compensation program.
Over the past few years, dozens of chemically injured workers seeking financial
assistance have been turned away by Boeing and by L&I. Boeing and the state
have even refused to pay for diagnostic tests that sick workers say they need
to help them unravel the mystery of their illness.
how unsympathetic the power structure has been. It's scary.' Sue Ammeter, the
governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment
say, however, that Boeing has shifted into damage control mode instead of doing
what it can to prevent workplace illnesses in the first place. Boeing's in-house
Health and Safety Institute, for example, has been underfunded and its efforts
curtailed, according to a former institute researcher.
Boeing worker I have talked to has horror stories about the working conditions,"
said Liz Moses of the Washington Toxics Coalition. "There are some severe problems
over there, and there is no reason to assume Boeing is going to do the right
or injured Boeing workers ever go to court for relief, they usually start out
in the Kafkaesque world of workers' compensation claims, insurance companies
and independent medical examiners. To survive being snowed under by flurries
of paperwork, workers will often maintain as many as 10 binders of documentation,
labeled by doctor, insurance company or government agency. Like many government-run
programs, Washington's workers' compensation system is a labyrinth of red tape
and arcane language.
The most extensive
documentation I found about worker abuse has involved Boeing. If everything
discovered was put here, this would be the longest page on the Internet.