Saturday, April 30, 2016

Post-shower rant: Those stuck languishing in disability. Where is the money for Bernie's ideas? Predatory capitalism.

Post-shower. Fed, fueled, fired up, fed up and angry.

Edit: I stopped and watched this, something I don't normally do with my videos.

I worked for Lowes for three months last summer, a seasonal position that I hoped would transition into permanent employment in an area I was interested in.

They didn't look into my disability at all (which I disclosed in my application) until I brought it up as a concern.

During a discussion with management, one of my immediate supervisors flat-out told me, in front of her supervisor, that she was not there to be on my team. A store assistant manager tried to steamroll me every time I tried to speak because I didn't speak fast enough to satisfy him. I finally had to put my foot down and tell him that him doing so when I was struggling to speak made me uncomfortable and frustrated.

They used an experimental third-party hiring process that had no regard for past work experience. Multiple department managers I talked to expressed their surprise and disappointment at this procedure, because they kept finding new hires in their department that they'd never met and didn't know were coming. To me, this is a security hazard, because it means anyone who can swipe (or make) a Lowes vest could pop up in a department, say they're a new hire and get access to sensitive equipment like registers and high-value goods. It's also completely demeaning to the new hires.

Because of this third-party process, I ended up in a cart-chasing position that had me walking (literally, my phone has a pedometer) 20 to 25 miles a day and climbing stairs (rolling steps) repeatedly. My toenails turned black and fell out. I had wanted to unload trucks or build and repair grills and other things. Or both... assembly and repair positions have slow seasons and that can be filled with maintenance and receiving work.

I was making just over $10 an hour. Between taxes, Metlife, travel expenses and food expenses (because high-speed walking 20+ miles a day consumes calories), I was making less than $2 an hour. There are probably days where I lost money to work at Lowes, thank you Lowes and Metlife.

In the end, because I finally asked for accommodation after trying to just cope, they chose to dismiss me as a seasonal hire, despite my expressing interest in other departments where I had experience.

It turns out that aspects of their experimental hiring process, besides resulting in many unsocialized new hires popping up in unexpected places and hired for fields they had no experience in while being completely passed over for fields they were familiar with, included legally questionable actions that some people have moved against. I've gotten notice of a class action against them for this experiment, which hiring process completely removed the human factor from hiring to save a few people some time and hassle. It was a travesty, and I'm still debating whether to be part of the class action or explore options of my own.

Why am I putting this here? Because I said in an earlier post that you should be noisy. In three short months, Lowes demonstrated PHENOMENAL lack of basic human consideration for myself and many other new hires, and it shows in how their management handles employees.

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