Walmart to make ‘every effort’ to keep greeters

Walmart to make ‘every effort’ to keep greeters

Walmart to make ‘every effort’ to keep greeters

Those workers will now get more time to find new jobs within the company.

Acknowledging the change had "created some conversation", Foran wrote: "Let me be clear: If any associate in this unique situation wants to continue working at Walmart, we should make every effort to make that happen". Walmart reportedly has been sued by greeters previously when job demands changed.

Walmart started making the transition from greeters to hosts back in 2016. "Providing customers with an excellent first impression is part of Walmart's broader strategy to ensure simpler, more convenient shopping".

Nathan Joerndt, 35, has been a Walmart greeter in IL for 18 years.

Walmart greeters all over the country are in similar situations. But the company quickly reversed course.

Walmart told greeters around the country last week that their positions were being eliminated in late April in favour of an expanded "customer host" role that involves not only welcoming customers, but helping with returns, checking receipts to help prevent shoplifting and keeping the front of the store clean.

But greeters had to apply to become hosts.

Walmart has instructed its store managers to work with each affected employee to help them find another role in their store, according to Foran's note. Customer hosts with additional responsibilities, such as security and assisting shoppers, will replace the greeters, and must be able to lift 25 pounds and stand for long periods-impossible for many people with disabilities.

Five Walmart greeters with disabilities who feared losing their jobs in April spoke to NPR, either directly or through a family member. Now Walmart, America's largest private employer, is facing a backlash as customers rally around some of the chain's most visible and beloved employees. "It gives me a place to go every day, where I'm not sitting at home", he said of his job at Walmart.

"I can't do that", said Adam Catlin, who has cerebral palsy and has worked as a Walmart greeter for a decade.

Adam Catlin was offered a different position at Walmart.

Still, while there was a happy ending for Melton regarding his employment, many other greeters were anxious about how they will be affected by the change, which will go into place on April 26.

Foran, who heads Walmart's US stores, wrote that greeters with disabilities "face a unique situation. and each case requires a thoughtful solution".

And so Walmart has an obligation under the ADA to transfer its existing greeters with disabilities to other jobs for which they're qualified, if they're unable to perform the job with the new requirements, said University of MI law professor Samuel Bagenstos. We've gathered articles and resources on how this change may affect workers with disabilities from SHRM Online and other trusted media outlets.

In a memo to store managers, Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran said the company is looking for other roles for greeters with disabilities who are due to lose their jobs. He said that Walmart's goal is to offer "appropriate accommodations that will enable these associates to continue in other roles with their store".

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