Tell the billion dollar Kroger Corporation that hostile work environments and unfair labor practices are not welcome in American communities! Kroger has been charging targeted employees with trumped up charges of “misconduct” in an effort to suspend and remove employees from their stores. After suspension, employees are forced to wait for up to four months until union arbitration is possible. When the arbitration period comes near, Kroger will often times back off and offer the employee an opportunity to return to work (with a demotion or large cut in pay) so that they are not forced to assume the expense of paying for arbitration. In the meantime, many of these employees have been forced into bankruptcy and/or lost their homes. Even though the employee is only supposed to be suspended pending investigation, Kroger will contest providing the employee with unemployment forcing families into near starvation.
Kroger is at the forefront of discriminating against gay and lesbian employees and many of the heightened applications of their unfair labor practices are being applied toward these individuals who have relatively little or no protection under federal law. A quick search on Google for “kroger +gay discrimination” will return a multitude of pages on this topic.
Kroger also lost a court case involving discrimination against black employees in which they were forced to pay a 16 million dollar settlement. Gordon, Silberman, Wiggins and Childs, a Washington DC law firm, represented the employees in this case and asserts Kroger routinely subjected black employees to discriminatory selection and promotion procedures.
You can help employees have better supervisors and work for better companies by bringing these unfair labor practice into the public spotlight and by choosing not to support their labor practices. If there is a Kroger store in your neighborhood, please consider shopping at a chain or an independently owned store that is not owned by Kroger.
The worst thing that can happen is when someone doesn’t speak up for what is right. Please help make a difference by signing this petition to end unfair labor practices and discrimination so that Kroger employees are not forced out of their homes and onto the streets.