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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    I pretty much agree with everything Kim said. My only concern would be that a given store might now get a lot of unemployed vets in that area who want a job, and then they end up laying off other workers who didn't do anything wrong except not be a vet. That wouldn't be right, but it wouldn't be the first wrong thing Walmart would have done, and won't be the last. This is nothing more than a publicity stunt IMHO; they could have put the program into place without making a national announcement about it, put up signs in the stores & send a memo to the VA.
    And you don't think Michelle Obama had anything to do with that?

    In a statement, the first lady, Michelle Obama, who has led a campaign by the White House to encourage businesses to hire veterans, called the Wal-Mart plan ?historic,? adding that she planned to urge other corporations to follow suit.
    ?We all believe that no one who serves our country should have to fight for a job once they return home,? Mrs. Obama said in the statement. ?Wal-Mart is setting a groundbreaking example for the private sector to follow.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I am very happy with Walmart right now because they hired my son who is an amputee who has been looking for a job for over a year and no one would hire him because of his disability. Walmart not only hired him but have gone out of their way to accomodate him.

    My niece worked for them as a store manager and retired after 20 years. She has nothing but good to say about the company and saw no gender bias.

    I say good for Walmart, it is silly to say that they are doing it because vets have benefits because most people who have only been in for a few years and get out don't get health benefits.
    I am also really happy with Walmart (in Canada at least) these days for very similar reasons. They have hired several people I know, my SO and DSS included, who were really struggling to find work. SO has worked for several local companies (the kind many people would back over walmart) and know what? They were horrible to him. They did so many nasty things that if we had pursued would have probably been illegal. Walmart gave him a chance and he is doing so well there. He has been promoted, has full time and benefits. And when sh1t did get weird with a slightly crazy manager, the company worked with him to resolve the situation without anyone losing their job or dealing with huge strife. It is awesome. My DSS and my friend have had similar experiences. They are all really happy with their employer.
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    I think it is great that walmart has said they will hire any vet who needs a job. It may not be the best job, or the highest paying, but sometimes it is better than nothing. No one has to take the job if they don't want to. And if they do there is plenty of room in a big company to find the right niche and hopefully enough hours. Of course it would be better with a higher wage, but that isn't always something that is out there. If I had to choose between mcdonalds and walmart I would choose walmart. And if someone has better prospects than that they can probably do better than walmart anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Exactly how would you prove that they didn't hire him for other reasons? It's not like he is a skilled worker or anything, he is a college student with little experience.
    We ran into similar issues with SO and his health. No one wanted to take a chance on him with a bad knee and a bad back. Even though he is skilled. We couldn't prove anything though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    That's illegal. He should consult an attorney.
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    Seriously he is going to sue every company where he applies for a job? No attorney would take that when he would have absolutely no proof.
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    I would think if you had 100 people apply for a job, there would be no way to prove that you did not choose someone because they were disabled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Seriously he is going to sue every company where he applies for a job? No attorney would take that when he would have absolutely no proof.
    You might be surprised at what kind of proof a good attorney can uncover in discovery. There might be a history of disabled people not getting hired and he's the first one to do something about it. Or maybe there's someone else who's been turned down at the same places and now with your son there's a track record of discrimination. Even if all some of them get is a cease & desist letter reminding them of their legal obligations under ADA, it might make them think twice about discriminating against the next person and that can't be a bad thing.
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    I admit to being skeptical about this whole move and seeing it as a PR and bottom dollar move rather than a "kindness of our heart" sort of thing.....but then again, I don't believe that the majority of corporations make most/any decisions out of true kindness......but something about Walmart posturing this as a "do right by AMERICA!" thing rubs me wrong. I fully admit that I dislike pretty much every single thing about Walmart and actively boycott them, so of course my view is tainted.

    I don't believe that bringing our Vets home to a part time/underpaid/underbenefited job at a place like Walmart is the solution to any of our countries or our Vet's problems.

    I also don't necessarily blame Michelle Obama for any of that, I mean, what was she to do, decry the move? Slam Walmart publicly? What would you have liked her to do, Gloria, if you object to her support of their statement/pledge?
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    I think if there are several vets out there that have looked everywhere else for a job and found nothing, and Walmart has open positions, then it is much better for them to get a job at Walmart than to not have a job at all. I also agree that I would rather work at Walmart than at McDonalds.

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    Out of curiosity, why would the two of you rather work at Walmart than McDonalds?

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