The documentary in class focused on the hostile, overbearing presence of Walmart in towns through the perspective of their former and current employees, as well as small business owners who were forced to close shop. The viewpoint of this documentary gave us the opportunity to hold two conflicting ideas in our head at the same time, one about the convenient low priced Walmart that we all experience and the nightmarish, unjust Walmart as depicted by those negatively affected by the corporation. Several of our readings and class discussions were focused on discrimination, based on both one’s gender and one’s race. In the documentary we saw several accounts of discrimination, for example, an male African American employee was constantly harassed …show more content…
For example, Walmart would intentionally be short staffed, forcing employees to stay past their scheduled time which caused their personal responsibilities to suffer. For example, one former employee spent countless unpaid hours doing work for Walmart instead of spending it with her husband who eventually passed away. Other unjust techniques employed by Walmart included fudging employees hours in the system- affecting their pay, and the use of threats to motivate the workers to put up with the hostile working environment. In certain situations, the franchise also spent vast amounts of money for unlawful surveillance equipment. All of these immoral practices cultivated an environment void of justice. Employees were unable to voice their concerns because they were not allowed to unionize, even the talk of unionizing could be used as grounds for firing. In addition, instead of providing adequate wages and full-time positions, Walmart encouraged their employees to go on welfare to get services such as health-care and food stamps. Employees were forced to put up with this injustice out of fear that they would lose their job since they were considered
This sociological analysis paper will analyze the case of Monica Harwell, who is a female of African-American origin working at the Con Edison electrical utility company. She faced discrimination from her colleagues because of the color of her skin and the fact that she was a woman. Nevertheless, despite her qualifications and her hard work to the extent of even going back to school to better her career, which made her more qualified than most of her colleagues, Monica Harwell faced a lot of discrimination amongst her work mates, her case was so severe that she would even go urinating in the woods while at work, other colleagues would speak behind her back just to make sure that she does not progress in her career, she is even reported saying
In the essay titled “Labouring the Walmart Way”, author Deenu Parmar explains the unhealthy effects of Walmart, how to stop them, and the challenges of doing so. Parmar begins by detailing how Walmart has done little for local economies. By hiring financially vulnerable people, the franchise insures that no one would dare to unionize; thus ensuring employees will only earn the bare minimum, and thus out-competing local competition. Parmar also goes on to explain how a local community removed Walmart. They were able to do this through the use of fierce union protests that made the store unprofitable.
It appears that Wal-Mart is ruthless and unforgiving in their demands from manufacturers, even at the cost of a long-standing business relationship with a highly respected American company. Ostensibly, Wal-Mart promotes the consequentialist ethical methodology with “better consequences”. As the book states, “Better
On 04-20-2017 I responded to the wooded area West of Walmart. I was called to the scene by the Port Richey Code Enforcement officers. I was advised that defendant and her boyfriend, identified as, Thomas Blow, were trespassing on private property. I recognized both the defendant and Blow from their D.A.V.I.D. photos and previous encounters. The defendant also identified herself as, Stephanie Trost.
Ezekiel Rawlins, shows the violence of his black community to breathe free on the Los Angeles Riots of 1965. The city of Los Angeles, smells like burnt, and violence has overwhelmed people with rage. No one in the neighborhood wants to go out on the streets, and are afraid to go to work. On the black community there is a women killer that Ezekiel Rawlins, needs to capture. While almost all businesses, schools, and stores have been burnt down.
All of his ideas are carried with him from his first job within the Ben Franklin Franchise. Within the culture Walton established, the company is not happy with the working benefits and conditions. They are given sparse wages and health care plans, and are asked to keep their expenses to an extent. Also the employees are working hourly overtime without pay, and some work over 70 hours a week. The employees are also expected to pitch in money whenever they can to help care for the building they are working in.
The essay’s framework consists mostly of Staples informing the reader of a scenario in which he was discriminated against and then following it with a discussion or elaboration on the situation. For example, Staples describes women “fearing the worst of him” on the streets of Brooklyn.
Companies and corporations were also held accountable for the treatment of their employees from the formation of unions by the people. Today we see that the treatment of employees has become prioritized by some businesses and the evolution of voting
The article “Labouring the Walmart Way,” author Deenu Parmar talks about how Walmart is able to achieve selling goods at a lower price then any average superstore. The author goes on to explain that Walmart’s antiunion efforts, employee selection, low prices and high retention rate all contribute to their major success. Walmart’s stance on ant unionism allows them to keep wage cost down and keep all their profits up. Not allowing a union keeps Walmart with the power to keep low wages and force unpaid overtime.
They made them work long nonsensical hours the average human being can withstand, paid them wages lower than the minimum wage at McDonald's, and abused their employees. For example, take JP Morgan who increased working hours and workplace fatalities keeping his wage at an all time low (history.co.uk). Morgan made his employees work so much that they started demanding laws to limit the workday to eight hours. Morgan’s wage was so low that the average worker barely earned a dollar a day. J.P. Morgan did not treat workers well and was the main cause of falling wages and not caring for the health and safety of the workforces of his companies, especially steelworkers and miners, who died while working at his facilities ( history.co.uk, P.1)
Wal-Mart they give money to organizations and donate plenty of products throughout the year. This corporation plays a big role in society. They also allow their stakeholders (employees) to buy into to their company stocks. They show social responsibility and ethical behavior to their consumers by providing affordable goods at low prices everyday. They provide consumers with more choices so they can shop close to home and not have to drive as far.
Walmart was founded in the summer of 1962 by Kingfisher, Oklahoma native Sam Walton. Although Walton’s original vision for the store was relatively modest, the half century since its founding has seen Walmart morph into one of the biggest companies in the world. Today headed by one Doug McMillon, Walmart boasts more than 5000 stores in the United States of America alone and employs more than 1.5 million people. Walmart is undoubtedly an American institution, yet each Walmart store feels like its own little country. Walmart seems to have its own laws and customs and the people who shop their on a regular basis appear almost primitive in their behavior as they go about raiding the store’s shelves and wrestling with fellow customers for discount flat screen televisions and bulk packages of two-ply toilet paper.
Factors that contribute to privilege, power, and oppression include who has power, how is that power being used, and what social groups are being affected. This year I began working in Target’s return department where employees are supposed to, what feels like stereotyping, call out shady and weird-acting people who are most often appearing to be houseless or on drugs. Because of certain types of individuals that frequent our story in Janzen Beach, we do not return certain products without proof of purchase. However, one day we made an exception for on customer and did not for another by a manager. Later in the day I confronted the manager and expressed my frustrations that our personal biases were getting in the way of helping our customers equally and expressed that certain people or groups are less likely to express their frustrations or ask for a manager when they are denied a return in comparison to others.
For instance, the wage for a cashier is now $11.55 which is only slightly higher than the minimum wages of $11.40 in Ontario. This causes high turnover rate as a lot of staffs are working as part time and frequently quite due to the low pay. A recommendation for Walmart is to develop a formal human resource program and fair performance review process to manage employee compensation. When employees perform at a higher level, their pay rate may be justified according to their performance appraisals. Providing faster promotions is another way to keep people motivated and improve their performance.
In this report, it was indicated that the employees were rude, they shouted at customers, accused customers of thievery, managers avoided customers and the employees went to the extent of scratching customer vehicles. This was retrieved from the online forums where people voice out their experiences and opinions. Websites such as ComplaintsBoard.com, Consumersaffairs.com and Report Your complaint.com also highlight lots of issues involving customer service at Walmart. Slow customer service has also been a challenge to Walmart as per Reuters Report 2011.