Thread regarding Walmart layoffs

Performance based layoffs???

The company appears to have decided to do a pile of cutbacks and are claiming "performance" as the reason, not for any restructuring or realignments, HR said the federal WARN act doesn't apply. The were quick to point out they were still giving 1 additional month as a full associate, and if you sign an agreement (who knows what will actually be in it, probably signing away your right to sue for age discrimination and to not say anything negative about the company), they will give you a few thousand dollars.

Why would the go the cheap route and attempt to bypass the federal WARN act? They are playing with fire and a class action lawsuit. I doubt I am the only person who was told this today, and no documented performance reasons and I haven't received a bad review ever. Seems very strange

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp

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@vui what do you mean pushed down in calibration?

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1jjv

By my manager's metrics I was meets but got pushed down to partial in calibration. I'm probably screwed too.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1vui

Isd here received needs improvement guess I’m next

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1bhy

If you don't know how you are doing until the end of the year, your manager is trying to make you fail or at least allowing you to fail. This gives the manager an easy person to rank low and they avoid the work of trying to develop their people,

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1kun

Wow. I was called in 2 weeks ago and said I was given a ‘Needs Improvement’ during a mid year review. That was news to me especially when details could not be provided.

I get now what they what they are up to.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1tvy

The way they are going about this will leave them open to litigation if these allegations are true.

If this happens to me, I will seek legal representation and wont sign anything in haste.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1erc

Home Office 1/24 and expect more tomorrow

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1pqu

@Ro8HOwp-1qxu It's definately [email protected], but WM has a nice little disclaimer on it's coaching for "improvement" policy that says sometime to the effect that there is no contract of employment, at-will- employment...blah, blah,blah.....and that they can modify that policy at any time for any reason. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that covers them legally.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1jio

Employers rarely win cases for unemployment benefits.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1frl

So Walmart has policies in place relating to the firing or termination of associates and they aren't even following them? If they can't provide documentation that verifies that your performance is sub-standard, how can they say your terminated due to performance? Seems to me that a lawyer "out there" would be jumping on this and filing a class action lawsuit. I know two associates that were fired and when Unemployment found out that Walmart didn't follow their own guidelines, they were immediately approved for their benefits.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1qxu

If you have been laid off based on performance and had no prior notification that performance was an issue, I would hire a lawyer.

I’d also go to the newspapers. Don’t sign anything.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1xnl

Even if you do sign a document and accept the money - you do all realize that you can still participate in legal action?

If Walmart violated federal law, they can’t enforce a contract based on illegal action.

That would be as if you signed a contract “allowing” someone to kill you. Killing is against the law regardless of the contract you signed and that person would be persecuted to the full extent of the law.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-1rvb

Doesn’t matter you can have a spotless performance record they don’t care. Again here is how it goes.

If u are over 40 you are gone

If u are a white male you are gone

If u are g-- your job is safe

If u have 20years in u are gone

If u are a black male u are gone

If u are a unattractive woman u are gone

If u are an attractive woman your job is safe

If u are related to or are banging anyone director level or above your job is safe

Thanks ML great leadership

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-hel

We really should use some tag to differentiate, but most of this thread is related to HO layoffs.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-ehu

Are these posts from Store or HO layoffs?

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-ijo

Has anyone heard about the meetings they had today? The store and district managers were in a meeting most of the day.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-lku

So is that what they are doing is offering a severance package?

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-cpr

If you don’t sign you don’t get the severance - I doubt anyone is willing to do that .

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-rwm

If 60 days paid notice is given, the warn act requirement has been met. Perhaps some confusion on HR's part?

What this will likely do is block the chance of rehire, if a rehire was an interest on your part.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-xqm

No, they were quite clear the federal WARN act didn't apply with myself also, yet I didn't have a bad review. My advice to people is do not sign this and be clear this is a violation of federal law, and find the right federal agency to contact. A few young attorneys who want to make a name for themselves I am sure will be organizing some sort of class action status out of this

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-nwj

OMG...that's associated with Older workers benefit protection act. Must be a lot of people over 40 getting dumped...DON'T SIGN!!!!!!!!!

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-xky

On sixty days check out this hashtag #sixtydaysnotice - you can also hit it here:

https://www.thelayoff.com/h/sixtydaysnotice

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-vid

I may be wrong, but it was my understanding that they keep the displaced on payroll for 60 days which is effectively fulfilling the WARN act requirement. They give you 60 days notice before you are technically terminated. You may be prevented from coming into work or accessing systems, but as long as you are on payroll WARN is satisfied.

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-ghi

Home Office or Stores?

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Post ID: @Ro8HOwp-wst

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