Sears Informative - Sears Discrimates Against the Handicapped
PARMA, OHIO -- My friend has been discrimated against due to his muscular dystrophy. He thought everything was going good. He did not think there were any problems. After being there for six weeks, his boss takes him into his office and gives him a review that has nothing but negative remarks, and is full of lies. He gave him unsatisfactory remarks on everything.
If his performance was that bad, then why did they just not fire him after the first week? He was never written up, or anything. He was accused of always coming in late, and leaving early even though the time clock will prove that to be false. He was accused of coming in looking scruffy, even though he always shaved and ironed his uniform. He was accused of not being customer friendly, even though he worked for seven years for Executive Caterers and several years for Bob Evans, and absolutely loves dealing with the public. He was criticized for his sales, even though they kept cutting his hours, and taking him off the sales floor to do other projects. They gave him a hard time about not fully knowing the computer system after three weeks, even though he was not getting the training he needed. He was told if he still did not know their computer system after one week, he would be let go. He had told them that he needed hands on training. He told them that when they take over, and do everything in front of him without explaining what they are doing, or giving him a chance to do it himself, he cannot learn. They took this as a learning problem. It is not a learning problem. Most people I know need hands on training to learn. He also noticed that the newer people were getting trained better than what they would train him. The newer people were getting more attention. Also, they would pick on him for things they would not pick on others for. For example, one day he was 20 minutes late due to bad weather. A lot of the streets were flooded and closed, then he got stuck behind a truck that backed up traffic for fifteen minutes because they were having trouble backing in to where they were going. Other people were late this day. In fact, I think 90% of Northeast Ohioans were late that day. They gave him a hard time about it, and noone else that was late at their company.
The boss was always trying to intimidate him, always watching his every move, and always trying to make him nervous.
My husband finally asked his boss what his real issue was, since he was always the one picked on, and singled out. He got the guy to admit that he did have a problem with his disability. He claimed he had a problem with the one day he tripped, during the first week he was there. My husband tripped over a cord that was in the way, and this had nothing to do with his disability. If anyone else had tripped over the same cord, it would not have been questioned, but because it was him, they had to question it.
They did end up letting him go last week. The real kicker is, that when he tries to go into Sears.com to apply for another job with Sears, he is blackballed from ever working at Sears, again. He did nothing to deserve this. He went to work every day, trying his absolute best. He did miss one day, due to the fact that he was real sick, but he did not want to infect his co-workers and the customers. He also did call in and let them know. He more than made up for this, though, because he helped cover on a couple of his days off for another person that needed to miss work. He was never thanked for doing this by his boss. The guy he was covering for thanked him, but not his boss. His boss refused to work with him. If there was a problem, why could they have not tried to straighten out the problem, instead of treating him like he was a total screw up (which he is not)? I am well aware he is not perfect, and is going to make mistakes, but so does even the best worker.
It is wrong that he is blackballed from ever working at Sears, again. Now, that I am reading some of these reviews, he is probably better off, but he should never have been discrimated against.