Thursday, July 07, 2005

Class Action Against Wal-Mart in Oklahoma

Two employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and a former worker have filed a lawsuit alleging the retailer retaliated against workers who file workers' compensation claims.

In their lawsuit filed in state court Friday, Wal-Mart employees Molly Self and Tammy Mathes allege that after filing claims for on-the-job injuries, the company either reduced their hours, cut their pay or demoted them. Former employee Janna Balak claims she was forced to resign as a condition of her settlement of a workers' compensation claim.

The women are seeking class-action status for their suit. They claim many Wal-Mart employees are afraid to file workers' compensation claims for fear of retaliation. They also allege in the suit that understaffing at the stores creates an environment "where workplace injuries are inevitable."


"We think this is a companywide policy that potentially affects thousands of people," said Alex Yaffe, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City law firm that represents the women. "There are over 30,000 people employed by Wal-Mart in Oklahoma and 1.6 million nationwide. There are a ton of folks that could be affected."
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Christi Gallagher said Wednesday the company had not been served with the lawsuit and could not comment on the case. But she said the company has adequate systems to address workers' compensation claims and that safety is a top concern.

"Safety is paramount in every decision we make both for customers and our associates," Gallagher said.

Gallagher said she could not provide information on how many workers' compensation claims are filed against the company each year.

Self works at the Wal-Mart store in El Reno, Mathes works at a store in Moore and Balak was employed by the Moore store, according to the suit. The women are seeking damages of more than $10,000 for lost wages and benefits, lost earning capacity, humiliation and emotional distress.


The Associated Press/OKLAHOMA CITY
By SEAN MURPHY
Associated Press Writer

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At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to know who these women have representing them because I would also like to file suit against Wal-Mart. I also had to sign a paper stating that I resigned from Wal-Mart to get my settlement even though they had fired me. They shouldn't get away with doing things like that.

 
At 9:44 AM, Anonymous vickie ferguson said...

I was an emploee of the wagoner oklahoma store i fell outside the store and suied for an injured shoulder as a condition of my settelment i had to sign a resignation,i worked there 9 years and had a clean record just did e-vals i receved above aver. on everthing was told i could never work for wal-mart or subsertys again i tried to go back to work with them after 6 months and was told oh no there is no where else to work in this small town thanks i don`t think they should be able to ruin your life for getting hurt nobody likes pain!

 
At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was also hurt while working at a Sam's Club. I injured my shoulder and had to have surgery. As a result I went through a living hell. I was put in a room with nothing but a few computers to answer phones and left there. I got my schedule changed to horrible hours. I was talked about and was treated badly by the management. One in particular. I am now settling and am told I have to resign. I would like to know how I can get info on the class action lawsuit also.

 
At 1:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked in the Shawnee Wal-Mart and I was put through living hell by some of the members of management and was alienated by co-workers because they knew they would catch HELL if they associated with me. I even had a menber of management come to my house and give me hell, and she got away with it. I also had one tell me that "she ought to stick her foot up my ass" and she kicked at me and the manager got mad at me for compaining about her and the manager that did it called another associate at home that saw her do it and tell her if I complained she was to say she did not see or hear anything, and she would'nt go along with the manager and she has caught hell since. They think they can play God and hold your job over your head. They need stopped!!!!!!!!

 
At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also worked for Wal Mart, in Duncan, OK. I was injured and was told the supervisor would take care of the report. It was never filed, so for two years, I was in pain constantly. As my symptoms progressed, they made it more and more dificult for me to do my job. I was shunned by other employees and harrassed by management and was eventually fired for to many absences(eventhough I had intermittent leave papers on file for a year)
due to this medical condition. They refused to pay me for the sick days and personal days I had built up, upon my firing. They told me it was not economically feasible for wal mart to pay out those expenses. That's just wrong, you have to earn that time, and it should have to be paid to you upon termination.

 
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At 5:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked at wal-mart in Lawton Oklahoma and i would like to know how in 96 and 98 they got away with making the cashier's zone all department's before going home this store was open 24-7 and i had kid's at home but if you was sceaded anytime after 10:00 pm then you could not leave till after zoning they called it which was moving all iteam's to front and now i talk 2 cashiers and they dont have to do this.

 
At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I AM ALSO TRYING TO FIND A ATTORNEY TO SUE WAL-MART FROM AN INJURY THAT OCCURED THERE. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA ON ANY LAYWERS THAT I CAN USE HERE IN OKLAHOMA THAT WILL ACTUALLY HELP ME AND NOT TAKE A PAYOUT FROM WAL-MART CONTACT ME AT 580-612-3159.

 
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