Thursday, November 05, 2009
We showed up for the mtg (rehearsing in the car during the half hour drive) and the manager was totally unprepared.
He had heard of Mimi's termination but had no details and hadn't spoken to anyone about it. Losing one little cart pusher last week was so far down on his radar and list of things to do, it wasn't even funny.
Isn't that amazing - a major life event and source of stress and anxiety in our entire family and he was (understandably) clueless.
So he asked us to wait while he spoke to the asst mgr who fired her last week (who was not at work). He was not able to reach her so had to go by hearsay of other people who seemed to have knowledge of what happened.
We went in there with open minds, in the spirit of cooperation, and I think he responded well to that.
Mimi did such a wonderful job advocating for herself and talking about the situation.
He disagreed with us that her behavior was related to her disability, but he seemed to be pretty unaware of her employment history in general and was protective of walmart's a$$, of course.
He also seemed to be pretty open to finding other solutions to Mimi's problems and admitted to us that he had the power to rescind the termination and possibly allow her to come back or move to another store (I think this would be ideal because it would save face for the asst mgr and give Mimi a fresh start).
Anyway, he is going to meet w/ the asst mgr who fired her on Saturday morning and will call us or have us come back in.
We all felt it went well.
We did not actually use the word 'legal' at all but we did remind him that she was hired under the auspices of a state agency (Office of Rehabilitative Services) with a job coach as a disabled person with behavioral challenges, and also that she seemed to have some sort of personality conflict with someone at that store as she had had more issues in 5 months there than she had had in over 2 years at the other store, and may need more retraining than non-disabled employees.
Mimi's BF met us next door at McD's to take her home for a little TLC.
Thanks again, my wonderful sparkfriends.