I have worked for the company for a few years. At first I loved it, but my costumer service manager at the time was a sexual harasser, he would ask way too personal questions or touch you, when he did that to me I drew the line backed up and sternly said "Sorry, I do not play like that." and he got the message and left me alone,and I would avoid him. He changed my hours from 30+ to 13 and less since that day. I thought it was in my head, until he got transferred because of this reason, and eventually had a lawsuit against him, and got fired since other female employers spoke out and called corporate.
Generally publix has been good to me, because I work hard and I've enver had any problems. Recently Publix has started to treat it's employers so badly it scares me.
Today, I had enough of it. There is a really hard working woman on my store, she has worked on my store for 4 years, and always had stellar reviews, her English skills are not perfect but she is taking classes and has no problem understanding it or responding. Costumers adore her, and you always see her working. At closing time we were all working together on the same aisle , some were just talking and fooling around, and she was leveling the aisle, focused on her task. The ***. Store Manager called her in front of all of us and told her to leave, even if she was scheduled to leave much later. (With all of us) He refused to let her keep working, she stated that she had not completed her hours and asked why was she the only one getting sent home early when there were others just fooling around. The ***. Manager answered that "There is no more work for you today, you are done, so just go. You are Hispanic you must get welfare and food stamps anyway, you don't need money" He said this to her in front of all of us closing and in front of a camera, (she doesn't get any government benefits btw ). When we went to speak to our Store Manager he told us that our ***. Store Manager "just has something against her, so there was nothing he could do" She has worked on that store for more than 4 years, always has a pleasant attitude and always comes to work when called in to replace someone. It really seemed unfair, that such things just go unpunished.
Our. Costumer Service Assistant manager, was changing the schedules today and messed up making someone work on a day she was not available, so she just called another employee who had some days unavailable because of college classes and she told him he HAD TO replace that employee and work her hours because "the store manager wants you to do this, if you do not it just means you do not need the hours so we will just give you less hours next week". After hanging up she laughed with another associate at the employee and how he had believed that lie and accepted and was scared for his job.
Last week, one of our baggers who recently stopped being a minor endedp up in the hospital due to food poisoning. His sister called in and told our manager that he was inside the Doctor's and that he was very weak and throwing up all day so he could not come in. Our manager responded that she did not believe it , that he had to come and bring her a medical excuse today or she would suspend him for a week and cut his hours. To our surprised, he came in wearing his hospital robe, the tag in his arm from the hospital, the papers of him being admitted and an excuse from his doctor. His mother also went with him and our manager was speechless. She cut his hours anyway the next week and gave him 10hrs, even if he was available to work any day/time.
Reading through this threads I found the numbers for corporate... I could go on and on...
We have gathered enough proof and we already got a lawyer into the case. The amount on proof unfair practices is HUGE.
Please do not let your store or situation turn into the one at my store... people get harassed even inside the store by managers, threating them to stay quiet or be prepared to lose hours and health benefits...
We got a store visit from upper Publix managers, they gave us all this number (863) 688-1188 to call and explain the abuses at our store.
Please speak up, this does not happen in all stores, but it happens in some and very often! If it does not happen to you I'm glad, but if it does PLEASE call corporate, we lack an Union so we have to help each other, the number is anonymous and you can call on English/Spanish and Creole.
Main Publix Switchboard - (863) 688-1188
Publix Stockholder Services - (863) 688-1188 x-52323
There are great employees on Publix, but some forgot the Publix credo.
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