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Worker says he was fired for refusing to work on Sunday: ‘No respect’

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A grocery store employee said he was fired six days into his job because he refused to work on a weekday.

Noah Grice, a 22-year-old graphic designer and cashier who recently moved from Nebraska to Michigan, said he took a job at a “major national grocery chain” last month. He left the unnamed channel in a Reddit Publish Sunday, which garnered 7,400 votes on Monday morning.

Grice said the job paid $12.50 an hour, less than his old job as a cashier in Nebraska, but since he was surviving on his savings and living just 1.5 miles from the store, he decided to take it. He went into labor on August 11. Six days later, he was fired.

It comes at a time when many companies say they are struggling to retain employees, a lingering effect of the Great Resignation. Forbes said this is partly because employees feel confident about changing jobs. And they change jobs mainly because of burnout.

Here, shelves in a Kroger grocery store on March 13, 2020 in Grosse Ile, Michigan. Even as America’s major grocery chains exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic, their essential workers on the front lines continued to earn low wages under poor working conditions.
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On August 17, the ex-employee said his manager had asked for his availability. He replied that he was available Monday to Saturday, noon to close. This did not seem to suit the manager, who asked if he could work on Sundays.

“I told him that was the one day of the week that I couldn’t do, but that I would be happy to come any other time,” Grice said.

Later, he asked other colleagues if they should work on Sundays. A few said they worked on Sundays voluntarily, but not under duress.

Grice was then called into an office with his boss and two other managers. Once again, his boss asked him to confirm if he could not work on Sundays.

“I told her no, that it was my only day off dedicated to relaxing and doing chores, when realistically what I do on my day off is none of her business,” Grice said. . “As far as she knows, I could have college classes on Sundays, or a religious exemption, but she wasn’t happy with my response.”

Grice said the manager “guilted” him, saying, “EVERYONE works on Sundays. Me included. It’s our busiest day of the week and I need everyone on deck. here bright and early on a Sunday morning with a smile on my face.”

Finally, she allegedly said, “If you can’t work on Sundays, unfortunately you are not a viable asset to our business, and it’s not worth moving forward with you here. Today will be your last day. .”

Even as America’s major grocery chains exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic, their essential workers on the front lines continued to earn low wages under poor working conditions. Some of the largest and most profitable grocery stores, including Aldi, Kroger, Safeway and Walmart, pay many of their employees less than $15 an hour, according to a company wage tracker released by the Economic Policy Institute and the Shift Project in April.

Kroger, which generated $132.4 billion in revenue and paid its CEO $18 million in 2021, gave away 48% of its workers on less than $15 an hour. At Walmart, 51% of workers earned less than $15 an hour, while the company generated $556.9 billion in annual revenue and the CEO received $34 million.

Grice said he later consulted with a union representative, who said the manager acted outside of his powers in firing him. The union rep reportedly told Grice she could give him a call and get him rehired. However, the ex-employee said he was not interested.

“I told him that I didn’t want to work somewhere where I can expect to be treated this way, and with no respect for my boundaries or work-life balance,” he said. .

Newsweek contacted Grice for comment.