Wal Mart Essay

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Abstract Since Sam Walton’s discount retailer first opened its doors in 1962, Wal-Mart has grown to be the largest corporation in the world. Wal-Mart is revolutionizing the way the retail items are passed from producer to end-user by drastically cutting costs at every opportunity and demanding the same of their suppliers. These savings passed onto the consumers has not come without a price! Where some see a discount or a job opportunity, others see an empire that pulls the rug out of existing businesses. For years, Wal-Mart has been accused of a number of criminal actions and questionable ethical practices. Many people, from all walks of life, find themselves discussing (and some even arguing) the topic: “Is Wal-Mart good for …show more content…
In the case of Cynthia Haddad vs. Wal-Mart Stores, Cynthia was terminated by Wal-Mart for two fraudulent prescriptions that were written when she was on duty. On the surface, this appears to be grounds for dismissal, however there are many circumstances surrounding these events. In 2009 Haddad was confronted by three managers that questioned her about the fraudulent prescriptions. She stated that she knew nothing about the incident and it could have happened when she left her workstation briefly to buy a soda. This resulted in leaving the technician Baron alone at the pharmacy counter. (Baron later admitted to being the one falsifying the prescription and was terminated) Haddad was fired that same day. It was stated that Haddad was fired from Wal-Mart because she left the pharmacy without securing the area. This appeared to be a clear-cut case of an employee failing to follow proper protocol, however once all the other factors came out the circumstances changed. The events leading up to Haddad termination are: • For most of the plaintiff's tenure at Wal-Mart, she served as staff pharmacist; she received consistently excellent evaluations. In March 2003, the plaintiff accepted the position of pharmacy manager on a temporary basis. At that time, and until her termination thirteen months later, the plaintiff was paid at an hourly rate considerably lower than any male pharmacy manager in the Pittsfield region. In addition, although she was told

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