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    Walmart Is Eliminating Greeters. Workers With Disabilities Feel Targeted

    NPR (National Public Radio)
    Alina Selyukh
    February 25, 2019

    Read more at: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/25/69671...-feel-targeted

    If you ask John Combs what his biggest worry is, he'll say: "How will I feed Red?"
    Red is actually white. He's a labradoodle rescue, just tall enough for Combs to pet if he reaches over the armrest of his wheelchair. Combs, 42, has cerebral palsy. He has difficulty speaking. But he has no difficulty saying the line most Americans have heard at least once: "Welcome to Walmart!"

    Combs has one of Walmart's trademark front-door jobs: He's a "people greeter" at a store in Vancouver, Wash. But, he was told, come April 25 his job is going away. And he is not alone. According to Walmart, greeters are being removed at about 1,000 stores around the country.
    NPR has found that Walmart is changing the job requirements for front-door greeters in a way that appears to disproportionately affect workers with disabilities. Greeters with disabilities in five states told NPR they expect to lose their jobs after April 25 or 26.

    Walmart is the largest private employer in the U.S. and has a large workforce of workers with disabilities. And the job of greeter has been a particularly attractive fit, as it isn't physically strenuous and is easy to learn.
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    I have noticed them eliminating greeters for years now. Their retail stores are not doing well, shelves remain unstocked, and often things look shabby. They are cost-cutting. I'm not surprised it affects the disabled disproportionately, but it is also a function the store can do without. Home Depot also makes an effort to place disabled people. It is not that easy to find uses for folks like us.

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    Exactly why is Walmart obligated to employ disabled workers? Is not employing the disabled the whole society's obligation?
    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

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