Wal-Mart: the disabled are costly, man

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Nice timing Wal-Mart: "The day after Wal-Mart's fake PR offensive to portray themselves as concerned about their employees health care and wages," writes Nathan Newman, "Stephen Greenhouse -- who proves the NY Times still has some decent reporters -- reveals this internal memo from Wal-Mart. The memo calls for Wal-Mart saving money by forcing more employees into part-time work without benefits and discriminating against the unhealthy and disabled:


To discourage unhealthy job applicants, [the memo] suggests that Wal-Mart arrange for "all jobs to include some physical activity (e.g., all cashiers do some cart-gathering)."...
"It will be far easier to attract and retain a healthier work force than it will be to change behavior in an existing one," the memo said. "These moves would also dissuade unhealthy people from coming to work at Wal-Mart."
Newman notes that it should be a win-win situation; either a costly lawsuit or the perfect prophylactic against the implementation of the policy.

On the other hand, in the interest of fairness and balance, Wal-Mart has also come out in support of raising the federal minimum wage. That makes Wal-Mart more progressive on the issue than Senate Republicans. (LaborBlog)

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