Call Our Free Helpline NOW 949-379-6250

Employment Law News


Posted by Kashif Haque | Nov 28, 2014 | 0 Comments


Retailers who opened at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day are already asking employees to leave their family and holiday festivities to man the doors and battle stations on what has become “Gray Thursday” leading into the infamous Black Friday. Some retailer won't pay their employees a livable wage. That is the subject of the largest Black Friday protests against retail giant Walmart.

With protests planned for 1,600 stores in 49 states, Walmart strikers are demanding higher wages and less reliance on government aid to get by. One store in Oklahoma City set up a canned food drive outside their doors to help feed underpaid associates. Something seems off about that picture.

If you go to one of the 1,600 out of 4,000 stores with picket lines, you will be greeted with leaflets and picket signs that read: “Walmart: Stop Bullying, Stop Firing, Start Paying” and “We're Drawing a Line at the Poverty Line: $25,000.”

Fatmata Jabbie, a single mother in Virginia, earns $8.40 per hour, and works just under Walmart's mandated 30 hours for health care. She and her children survive on food stamps, low income housing, and government provided healthcare. She, along with other protestors in Alexandria, Virginia, are calling for a $15 per hour wage and full time employment.

Walmart is the country's largest retailer, employing approximately 1.4 million people. OUR Walmart (Organization for Respect at Walmart) began in 2011 and has used a systematic public relations campaign to publicly shame the company for its rule bending ways.

Some strikers began their protest before Thanksgiving began, walking off their shifts. Several employees and community members are participating in a 24 hours fast to protest the “poverty wages” that Walmart pays. Some strikers stood in the store, in front of products, their lips duct taped shut.

Source: Business Week & Mother Jones

About the Author

Kashif Haque

Kashif Haque is a trial attorney and one of the founding attorneys of Aegis Law Firm. He served as the 2015 Chairman of the Orange County Bar Association—Labor and Employment Section. Mr. Haque has obtained millions of dollars on behalf of his clients through trial, arbitration and settlement. A...


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

The Quickest and Easiest Way to Hold Your Employer Accountable

At the Aegis Law Firm, we know that you may be going through a difficult time, and we are here to help you recover from the wrongs that you suffered. An attorney at our Orange County or Los Angeles law firm can speak with you for a free initial consultation to help you with your employment issues. We also take most cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay any fees unless you win or recover compensation.