Target: C. Douglas McMillon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart Stores, Inc.
Goal: Reinstate long-term Walmart employee after a wrongful termination.
After 18 years of employment with superstore retailer Walmart, Michael Walsh now finds himself out of a job after finding $350 in the store parking lot. The reason for his termination? Walsh waited thirty minutes before returning the money. Walsh has done nothing wrong; he did not steal the money, attempt to claim it as his own, or commit any other crime. Walmart must immediately reinstate Walsh, as his firing is completely unjust.
In the incident, Walsh claims he found a small pile of money in the parking lot. After finishing his duties outside, he returned to his job and gave a manager the $350 about 30 minutes after he found it. The manager took the money and Walsh heard nothing further. Two days later, he was fired for “gross misconduct” and forced to leave the business that he has worked at for almost two decades. “The only thing I did wrong was hesitate… I didn’t steal anything. They didn’t give me any warning. They just fired me,” Walsh said.
Walsh’s case has already garnered massive support from labor unions and worker rights advocates, who have announced a Walmart boycott through 2015 in response to Smith’s unjust termination. “I got scared and didn’t go about returning the money in the right way,” he admitted. “I told them I was sorry. I thought they would have given me a warning or suspended me. Instead, they just fired me.” Walsh’s actions are those of an innocent man who momentarily panicked, not a guilty criminal.
Michael Walsh has served Walmart faithfully for years and now finds himself struggling to pay his rent and other bills even though he has done nothing wrong. His firing for such a trivial and controversial reason is unfair and represents a serious violation of his rights as an employee, and Walmart must immediately reinstate him with a full apology for their mistake.
Dear Mr. McMillon,
The recent firing of Michael Walsh is an unjust decision that threatens to tarnish your company’s reputation. According to Mr. Walsh’s account of the incident, he found a large amount of cash in the store parking lot and eventually returned it to a manager. Despite never attempting to steal the money or claim it as his own, Mr. Walsh found himself terminated shortly after the event.
Mr. Walsh’s report of the incident shows no signs of malice. His actions are those of a slightly confused man who briefly panicked, not a cunning thief. He has faithfully served your company for almost two decades and to terminate his employment is a serious violation of his rights as an employee. I urge you to issue an apology and immediately welcome Mr. Walsh back to your workforce.
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