Target Complaint - Target is sending a message to America seasonal workers, "Don't take off time for your deceased child's funeral"
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA -- Target is sending a message to America seasonal workers, "Don't take off time for your deceased child's funeral". Today, I was contacted by a friend of mine, the mother of the Target employee. She wanted some advice on getting the story out, exposed, to as many possible shoppers @ Target, people that may consider employee at Target, and
people who may make a statement to yet another American corporation that failed it's employees.
Before you read her letter, if this was a company in Japan, this would not of happened. Caring for their employees is a high priority because the employees contribute to the profit, and often, the employees help improve the corporation status among the population.
This is not Japan, this is America. Target is the sixth largest retailer in the United States behind Wal-Mart. This story will make you wonder why this happened, and possibly take some kind of action, if you can. This is called viral marketing, this is blogging power in action, this is America and we all should care. This could be your son or daughter in this story. Visit http://chatterbug63.blogspot.com/2006/01/target-strikes-again.html and post some comments please.
In November, our 20 yr. old son got hired on with Target Distribution Center in Shafter, CA as a seasonal employee. Our family was in the middle of our son & daughter-in-law going through a high risk pregnancy...so the job was a blessing.
Our 1st granddaughter was given hope by some in the medical field. Our daughter-in-law faced bed rest, disability from work, and hospital stays. Later a grim sentence of no hope for survival for our granddaughter at Kaiser Hospital in Woodland Hills. We had many "Prayer Warriors" lifting up our granddaughter and she was moved back to Bakersfield, CA and we were given a miracle on Nov. 14th, 2005...when our granddaughter was born a preemie (28 weeks out of 40) at 2 lbs. 7 oz. and 13" long.
As you can imagine, our son & daughter-in law kept busy with visits and our son & daughter-in-law working. The policy at our son's work was to report any injuries (even as small as a paper cut), so our son did as directed, when a few incidents at work happened (paper-cut, etc). Our son had an injury to his finger, while working on his car and he requested to be able to work labeling things, until it was healed, since the Dr. gave him a note, that would not allow him to lift heavy boxes for 2 weeks.
Our son was told he could not work there for the 2 weeks, unless he could guarantee he could safely lift 40 lbs. and our son knew, that was not possible with one hand. So, our son endured 2 weeks of no work with the financial trials, that brought to their lives. When our son returned to work, he found out that they would keep him on full time (he was well liked at work and a hard worker), which was a huge help and a reason to rejoice.
Our granddaughter was a fighter from the beginning of her life, she faced many mountains and valleys in her daily struggle. On Wednesday, January 18th, our daughter-in-law (who went back to work at the end of December) and our son took the day off of work, because our granddaughter was in a deep valley.
We spent a little precious time with our granddaughter, who could fight no more and (at 37 weeks out of 40) she went to be with JESUS after spending 2 mo's & 4 days in the hospital & in our lives.
On Thursday, January 19th, we went to go make arrangements for our granddaughter's funeral, which took longer than we were told. Our son called his work and asked if he could get some bereavement time off, since his daughter died yesterday.
He was told they don't offer bereavement time off to seasonal employees. Our son explained that he was a full time employee, not seasonal and they told him that the final decisions were not made yet (though they had already let the seasonal employees go) and that if he did not come in that night...it would not look good on his reliability record. He said my baby just died, and he made the decision to not go in, (As anyone would go to work? --JLD), as we were still making arrangements.
On Friday, January 20th, our daughter-in-law (whose work was compassionate and gave her bereavement time off) drove our son to work, where he was told he was fired by Human Resources for Unreliability and Safety Issues.
Does this story want you to see 60 Minutes interview the person who made this decision? 60 Minutes would get down to the real issues, employee abuse, disregard for employee rights, caring for the employee, and a total lack of common sense in human compassion, and understanding of the word "community" which they emphasize frequently on their Human Resources web site.