Rite Aid / employee mistreatment/slander
So my wife was working for this rite aid for about 5 years. She started as a cashier and after 3 years worked her way up to a shift manager. Midway through her employment they changed management, new store manager, and assistant manager. Everything was fine until my wife got pregnant. One instance she was working and was feeling weak and dizzy, she went to the multi-care clinic in the store and the nurse sent her to the hospital. Her mom pretty much had to carry her out the door. She went to the emergency room and as she was being seen the assistant manager called her and yelled at her for leaving and not telling anyone, even though she told another manager on duty she was going. She then demanded that my 6 month pregnant wife that's having complications with her pregnancy return to work and finish her shift. Yeah no. There were several occasions where they would make her work a 9-10 hour shift without any breaks. They made her work night shifts as the only manager on duty thus making it impossible to use the restroom, which was located at the opposite end of the store. The assistant manager has called me at my work yelling at me and accusing me of lying about my wife's whereabouts, which almost got me fired. They called her lazy at work and gave her the most difficult mundane jobs that they could possibly find for her to do. When she did use the restroom, she would give her only employee on the night shift her manager code for return approvals and such because you cant hear the intercom from the restroom. She changed the code as soon as she was finished. They were doing a big investigation on the store for theft, so they interrogated all the employees like they were criminals. They made her confess to giving out her code, which has nothing to do with stealing. So they fired her, conveniently 3 days before her due date and delivery. So there was no maternity leave for her. So she filed for unemployment. She was denied for breaking company policy. She didn't know she wasn't allowed to give out her code because all the other managers and the assistant manager herself was doing it. Funny how the ready to pop mom to be is the only one that got canned. Nevertheless we fought unemployment. In washington, the employer pays your unemployment benefits, so they aren't trying to pay. So after 6 months of appeals and tons of phone calls later, we got to talk to a judge and have a hearing. We gave our case, the corporation gave theirs, and that a hole that interrogated her like a pow was on the line as well. Well sorry rite aid, (Not really!) we won. Thanks for the 3, 200 bucks. Now shes been trying to find work for about 6 months and no one will hire her. When i say nobody i mean nobody. She worked at rite aid for 5 years. Great work history, 1 job for so long. That's good. But not good enough. Some places she sends her resume to e mail her back 5 minutes later telling her she didn't get the job. But the add stays. We're beginning to think that rite aid may be slandering her name when they call her only work reference. What can we do?
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