Zimmermans furniture in Bismarck North Dakota Complaint - Racial and sexual harassment by retailer

Review by sirknight on 2007-01-30
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA -- As a former employee of Zimmermans furniture on Main Street in Bismarck North Dakota, I became increasingly aware of various violations of the civil rights act and ethical conduct. Female employees were encouraged to show their midriff and low cut blouses in order to reach male customers. Bogus claims were made about the furniture warranty. When I contacted the employer as a matter of concern, nothing changed.

After enduring racial and religious slurs I again professionally mentioned the issues and how to help make the staff more professional. We were after all a furniture retailer. My thoughts were appreciated. Though promised, nothing changed.

Finally, under the advice of my attorney I filed an EEOC complaint on the basis of racial and religious discrimination, and sexual harassment. Although, Zimmermans employed a good representation of workers under 40, Zimmermans began to conduct an advertising campaign to hire only "mature" workers.

The sexual and racial diatribes continued by management, **name removed** and employees. In fact one such manager who blatantly did so was promoted to manager of Zimmermans Clearance Center in Bismarck, ND.

When word reached Zimmermans furniture, **removed** summarily fired me. Despite my reminding them that retatiation is illegal. **removed** stood yelling, You're fired get out now."

Their reputation is believed to refute disputations of wrong doing.
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-02-05
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-30:
It's great that you or my3cents removed your bosses name from the letter. It could get you into trouble. As for the way they treated you, you don't deserve any of that sh*t. Hopefully you will find a job elsewhere that will treat you better. With this letter however people are aware of what is going on. It's great that you got the word across.
Posted by Slimjim on 2007-01-31:
Did you consult your attorney concerning his/her approval before writing this post?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-31:
Did this really happen or are you saying it did just to get back at your manager for firing for you. Because if you are not only will you not be making money, but you will also be sued for slander/libel.
Posted by mary123 on 2007-02-01:
Ghostbuster, why do you always insinuate that people are lying? You have a pattern of that with your posts on this site. This type of harassment is rampant in the workplace, many people refrain from speaking about it for a variety of personal reasons. In fact I experienced sexual harassment during an internship years ago, and I did not say a word. Now I wish that I had told someone, but at the time I was afraid of jeopardizing my future position. Harassment should be taken seriously!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-02-02:
mary123 - Bringing on a fight from one discussion to anohter. You must have tons of friends.
Posted by mary123 on 2007-02-02:
Ghostbuster, I am only trying to tell you that harassment should be taken seriously! You are quick to say that people are lying, when most likely they are not. Please be more considerate to others.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-02-05:
Just because I don't believe her does not mean i am not being considerate.

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