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Theresa Chislum

My mother works at a Pharmacy Tech for Wal-Mart in Sparta, TN. For the past two years they have hasseled her about taking days off to see her doctor. Their "policy" is "We need a 3 month advanced notice" about days/weeks/etc off. She and one other lady are the only females there that are shall I say the "older ones" (in their 50's). My mother constantly complains about how the younger girls constantly come late, or not at all due to getting drunk the night before. My mother was just recently in the ER this past Friday (June 12th, 2009) for exhaustion. They have my mother working 7 days straight all the time, and make her work weird shifts all the time, while givin the other girls a set schedule of days and times. She took off a few days here an there due to FMLA for medical purposes and her supervisor wouldn't grant it because as he told my mother to her face, "You just had your doctor sign a bogus slip to get a day off from work." My mother has just been put on a one week leave from her doctor for the week of June 15th, 2009 - June 19th, 2009, and now she fears when she returns to work on Monday (June 22, 2009) they may fire her.


Age discrimination is illegal. It is also illegal to terminate an employee for exercising their rights under the FMLA. If that happens contact your local office of the U.S. Department of Labor and file a complaint. They will investigate it for you for free. In many cases they can secure a quick settlement. For attorneys, check out the website of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). You can search for members in you area. Attorneys who belong to this organization specialize in representing employees. You want a specialist.

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