Dollar General / unfair labor practices
I was hired to help a failing store on the North Side in Tulsa Oklahoma.
This store had suffered tremendous theft and losses for at least three consecutive years. Dollar General had been purchased by a team of wealthy attorney's and investors and they sought to change the image of the company. The two years prior to my taking over the store, it had averaged just under $1.2 million in sales and for three consecutive years, had averaged just over $110k in shrink (theft/loss).
Dealing with reduced labor in the midst of increased sales became overwhelming.
My first year in store, we would see sales nearing $1.7 million and shrink reduced to $60k. The following year would see sales exceeding $2 million and shrink reduced once again.
I had worked many weeks in excess of 80 hours and some weeks would see over 100 hours of labor intensive work in the store. Labor continually was cut even though sales would continue to climb. The company boasts of a 35% manager turn-over, as if that is a good thing?
I was injured in May of 2009 and this injury required seeing a Dr. Long story short, I would be harrassed, threatened, accused and brow beat until finally I could not take it any longer and after my Assistant was told that I would be gotten rid of, I resigned, December 23, 2009. I filed for unemployment, and won, they fought it and was caught lying and I won again. Three years later, I am still fighting them on the injuries which have gotten far worse because they did not want to pay for any treatment. When I contacted the company to notify them that I was resigning and asked what to do about Workers Comp Claim, I was told that if I signed a release, they would offer a settlement. They could care less about my injuries, and their customary $20 grand settlement to others that I had seen, would no where near pay for the replacement of two discs in my neck and therapy and possible shots to my lower back and left knee.
Three years later, they are still fighting and although I have jumped through every single hoop they have presented, went through all of the physical therapy, and dealt with them refusing to pay for prescriptions for several weeks...
I have, under court order, had a discogram proving that the injury has gotten worse and that I need them both replaced. NOW, they claim that they believe I had to have injured myself again since the injury at their store. Note: I have not worked in three years, have not had any accidents, NOTHING! Also, I have been black-listed and any place that I have had a good interview with promising replies, suddenly never call back and never return my calls.
25 years of turning businesses around and making customer service the utmost of importance, and I am a victim of character assasination, abuse and accusations from a company who is in a class action with nearly 3, 000 other previous and current managers, along with multiple suits throughout several states with the EEOC.
This company is arrogant and could care less about their people. They intend on using you for whatever you can give them then they will accuse you of something, citing that their studies have resulted in seeing that 70-80% of all theft is by employees. They have not worked the North Side of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and they falsely accuse someone who is not only an Evangelist but someone who could care less about stuff and things!
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