As the New York Times recently reported, “At Wal-Mart, when employees miss one or more days because of illness or other reasons, they generally get a demerit point. Once employees obtain four points over a six-month period, they begin receiving warnings that can lead to dismissal.”  The article continues, showcasing people who say that this type policy means that they’ve had no choice but to go to work sick. Sadly, for Wal-Mart employees, staying home when they’re sick hurts their family’s budget and puts their future employment status at risk.
This is a truly terrible policy on the part of WalMart. In fact, a few months ago, a doctor at a local urgent care clinic told me not to shop at WalMart if I was worried about catching the swine flu, or for that matter, any other illness.