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KarmaPatrol
Riverboat gambler Satellite whisperer I-Ind./Irony
01:49 PM on 12/19/2012
My ex worked for them temporarily on the sales floor. IIRC, if she didn't make her quota, she would have been fired as not to pay unemployment. They've always been shady ones, this family.

What I get out of this for this company (and probably other similar retailers) is if the economy is going down, bail.
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VPerry24
Carpe Diem!
02:08 PM on 12/19/2012
Yep, that quota, Dillard's here has the same policy. That is why I don't shop there, I hate salespeople following me and pestering me.
01:39 PM on 12/19/2012
But no one wants unions, who will not put up with this of behavior from an employer for one minute.
Chrismoo3
Interesting, though elementary
01:37 PM on 12/19/2012
You've got to be kidding. What if you were going in for a penil implant, or sex change surgery, or something even more personal? Dillard's needs to replace their top management.
02:15 PM on 12/19/2012
just don't shop there.
04:11 PM on 12/19/2012
sadly it is not just dillards this is wide spread as well as not being paid the sick leave that you have earned . have worked for employers that insist that you report to work sick or not , exposeing co workers to the illness and customers as well
01:22 PM on 12/19/2012
But wait a minute. If you are taking an expensive med an hr person calls asking you to switch to a generic. They also know how many people ate diabetics but take no meds. How is medical info really confidental.
IRS and medical records are shiped overseas to outsource. Accountant and hospital employees said so.
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Psychpro
Compassionate accountability
02:02 PM on 12/19/2012
Oh, nonsense.
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nebro
02:12 PM on 12/19/2012
It's illegal for HR to see which meds a specific person is taking. They are only allowed to see the specific meds as a total for all employees, so they can determine benefit trends. It's called PII (Personally Identifiable Information) and only you, your insurance company and your Dr's are allowed to know that.
01:16 PM on 12/19/2012
This is what happens when you have untrained $9/hr " managers" supervising minimum wage workers."
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PAsteelers
What does it profit a man to gain the whole world,
01:40 PM on 12/19/2012
The companies do this on purpose. They deliberately keep them ignorant of the laws and have them enforce their policies. If they get caught, they just fire the low wage earner and blame it on them.
SweetHome2012
Let's move Forward!
02:13 PM on 12/19/2012
Yes this is correct. My Spouse who is in Human Resource Manager and says this happens all the time.
01:41 PM on 12/19/2012
So if they were paid more it would make a difference? LOL.
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Psychpro
Compassionate accountability
02:06 PM on 12/19/2012
If they were willing to pay a professional wage for managers, they could hire qualified managers who would never make this kind of mistake.

ADA and EEOC are covered in business management education programs.

They chose to pay poverty wages and got the level of competence that came with it.
01:15 PM on 12/19/2012
I think they got off cheap.
01:15 PM on 12/19/2012
It's one thing to have a case of the "blue flu" and call off. It's another to say you have cancer and are going for treatment or aids and are going for treatment etc. How long do you think they might keep you? Just a way to find out who they should fire. Seen "Gattica" ? How many people can get into a doctor's office the same day to get a "permission slip" from him or her especially if they have no insurance because they can't afford it as the place won't give them enough hours so they won't have to cover them with company insurance? If they have the flu, comming in could just give it to the rest of the workforce reducing productivity among many workers which would be worse overall than just losing the one person for the day or two. Unless the lawsuit only represented a few people, this will not be enough to replace their jobs especialy in this tough economy.
01:12 PM on 12/19/2012
I've read a few comments of people stating they know this type of thing goes on, and that it's still going on at Dillard's. Why does anyone stand by and just watch that sort of thing happen? And, since Dillard's had to settle a lawsuit, they do not want the spotlight on them a year from now about this issue, let alone a day after the lawsuit settlement. When you see injustices in the workplace, DO NOT stand by and let it happen. Speak up, and if the company doesn't right the wrong, push forward with it. People need to be informed on issues, too. For instance, there is a small circle of people in the need to know basis on FMLA matters, and you need to find out who those people are. They are the ONLY ONES who are allowed legally to know what is on your FMLA form. Everyone outside that circle needs your permission to know what is in your FMLA papers. Don't stand by and let just anyone look at your records. Speak up!!!
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Meowlady2
Save the life of a shelter animal.
07:31 PM on 12/19/2012
If you speak up and rile them up enough, that's a great way to get fired. You'd have to be a little clandestine.
09:50 AM on 12/20/2012
That's what I was referring to. If you don't work in a union shop, you want to be clandestine. But, once you go outside your place of employment to seek help, you can't be let go for doing that, but it would help to go to more than one outside agency, because that way, if you have an unblemished work record, then you're suddenly terminated, it looks suspicious.
12:42 PM on 12/19/2012
I recall once, taking a call during a shift change. The caller was calling in sick for the upcoming shift.
As I passed it on to his boss, the boss asked me what the illness was. When I told him I didn't ask, he was incredulous.... "Why didn't you ask?" he demanded.
I told him: "None of MY business."

LOL...I always felt like it was pointless anyway. Like what?... The worker is going to say.. "Oh, nothing really, I'm faking?"

My take as a supervisor was: As long as a person was not a chronic absentee problem,
it wasn't my duty to play FBI on him.
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john yunker
God gave you that mouth...Use it
12:13 PM on 12/19/2012
Why is it that employers think they own you sometimes. They know it was illegal yet they did it anyway...
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PAsteelers
What does it profit a man to gain the whole world,
01:41 PM on 12/19/2012
because they can and do get away with it the majority of the time.
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john yunker
God gave you that mouth...Use it
03:27 PM on 12/21/2012
truthfully..only because we let them..Raise enough of a stink and someone else gets smelly too  LOL  Nice picture by the way...I'm sure you didn't get fired by a guy LOL
04:17 PM on 12/19/2012
my former employeers would monitor facebook and use it against you at work
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john yunker
God gave you that mouth...Use it
03:29 PM on 12/21/2012
If you are bad mouthing your boss or complaining about your job they might, but if they are veiwing your Facebook why did you give your password or friend them  or did someone else rat you out??
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JScott
John Galt's last name is McGuffin-Smithee
11:19 AM on 12/19/2012
I thought they went bankrupt years ago.
01:35 PM on 12/19/2012
Ethically at least, if not morally as well, I think they did.
10:53 AM on 12/19/2012
I don't see what the big deal is, if you called out sick, tell them what was wrong with you, unless your hiding something who cares what you got.
11:19 AM on 12/19/2012
The problem with your "solution" is that people talk, and the reason you call off is bound to get around to most if not all of your co-workers. Where I work, we have to call an actual security line, and security communicated with our bosses thru walkie talkies, BUT, most of our maintenance workers also carry walkie talkies. SO, not only would security know why I called off, so would all the other mgrs, as would the maintenance men who carry the walkie talkies, and so would everyone else any of the above chose to tell. HIPAA laws cover this issue now, but just because HIPAA comes into play doesn't mean employers follow those laws.
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boobrenda
retied navy vet, one of the 47%
11:22 AM on 12/19/2012
it would be if you were the one being asked
11:44 AM on 12/19/2012
No it wouldn't bother me I have nothing to hide and if I called out for fake reasons I would deserve to get into trouble.
10:12 AM on 12/19/2012
As a business owner for many years, I would never ask for an employee's private medical information. In addition to violating the ADA, these actions in some way might violate HIPAA. $2 Million is probably a small amount compared to the violation of privacy of all those employees.
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cmcaledonia
09:39 AM on 12/19/2012
That's really no way for them to treat the hired help."
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bdgrizcp
Fan of Clanthus
08:53 AM on 12/19/2012
As an employer over many years, I never had the stones to even ask for a doctor's excuse. Employees could use their sick time at their disgression. You would think a retailer would not want sick employees working and infecting other employees and customers. One thing I did make clear was: you could not use vacation to pay for sick time (with certain exceptions) and if you were sick and had no sick time you could be sent home without pay. Never had much of a problem with any employees over this.
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Meowlady2
Save the life of a shelter animal.
08:02 PM on 12/19/2012
I think most companies, now, just have one fund of time for each employee, which encompasses both vacation and sick time.
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bdgrizcp
Fan of Clanthus
09:46 PM on 12/19/2012
It varies. Employers can call holidays a benefit and make working on a holiday overtime neutral. If you work a holiday you get double time but not double time and a half, which, if holidays were a wage, you would get.