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Walmart Faces Backlash for Offering Employees Discount Instead of Holiday Pay

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Walmart is facing a backlash because it no longer offers holiday pay to employees who work on Thanksgiving Day.

According to the Guardian, Walmart’s policy of not paying extra for holiday work sets it apart from other retailers such as Target and Amazon.

“Walmart doesn’t offer holiday pay. They have a discount you have to work certain days to receive and one discount only lasts two days,” said a Walmart worker in Idaho whose name was withheld by the Guardian.

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“No one is getting paid extra. You can’t get overtime unless it’s approved,” the worker said.

The Guardian published a flyer that said Walmart workers get a 10 percent discount in December.

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The flyer also offered another 15 percent off to employees who worked between Wednesday and Saturday over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The discount could be used once, and there were two days in December when employees who worked those days could take advantage of the discount, which the Guardian said was confirmed by the company.

The policy came in for heavy criticism on social media.

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A Walmart representative offered its side of the controversy.

“We simplified our paid time-off policies in 2016 to combine vacation, holiday, sick and personal time into one bucket,” the representative said in a statement to Business Insider. “We did this to give our associates greater flexibility and more choice to use their time off when and how they want to. As part of this change, we no longer pay holiday pay. Associates can now cash out any unused PTO at the end of the year.”

A petition to urge Walmart to give out holiday pay has been created on the Action Network.

As of Monday morning, it had collected about 30,800 signatures toward a goal of 51,200.

As noted by the U.S. Department of Labor, employers are not required to provide extra pay to employees who work on a holiday.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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