reply to post by ShadellacZumbrum
But, what can we do to encourage companies to do the "Right Thing" when it is much more beneficial to them to do as they please?
I don't know. But that is the big question.
I worked for one of those companies (a global corporation), and not only did they look the other way from what they could easily have determined were
'false papers' and hire them at minimum wage, they also treated those people like CRAP and did not protect them from predators, nor allow them medical
leave or bereavement leave without outrageous conditions being applied. Again and again.
"Oh, your sister-in-law who lives in your house and you love as a sibling died? Tough. She's not 'your immediate family'. And no, you may not ask
the other staff members for a few bucks to help pay for the funeral, and no, you may not have time off to grieve for her."
"Oh, a client flashed himself at you after asking you to perform a task? Tough. He's a good repeat customer and no, we will not tell him to get lost
and never come back. All we will do is put another staff member in charge of his needs."
"Oh, you're pregnant and a high risk for miscarriage? Tough. No, you cannot have 'lighter duty' until the pregnancy is safe and secure, but you can
work just as hard for fewer hours and then go home without pay for your off time."
This one was to me: "Oh, your dad is reaching the end of his life, and your mom needs a break, and you need to and agreed to stay with him over the
winter holidays so she can have a respite? Sorry, everyone works on New Year's Eve." (And I am a white USA citizen and a woman, fully qualified -
overqualified, really - for the job, but I stood up for the front line's dignity and rights)
THIS is the crap that went on there.
I protested when they did so (being a low-level supervisor) in every case, and I was systematically 'documented' and 'suppressed' until driven to quit
after that. It's truly appalling. The politics of the corporate world are evil, soulless, and inhumane. Period.
edit on 11-4-2013 by
wildtimes because: to expand rant. sorry