December 21, 2014 - rainprincess64
Target doesn’t treat pregnant employees very well
I have been working at Target as a cashier since the start of this May. Things were going pretty good for a while until the holiday season came around and I discovered back over a month ago I am actually pregnant. Right now I am about 19 weeks pregnant and my team leads have been aware of this for over a month now. However, I have been rather troubled with how things have been run at my store since the new senior team lead started her new role. Nice lady but she has some very unrealistic expectations (freshly graduated from college). Under the former store manager no one was written up for lack of red cards, low speed scores, or even because 10 people filled out a survey with 1 giving a bad review and 2 a neutral reviews. We all know that as cashiers, people often fill the surveys and give bad ratings even if it has nothing to do with the cashier who’s ringing up their order, had a bad day and take it out on the cashier, etc. Also, it’s not the cashier’s fault if someone tries to enter their pin number 4 times, uses 5 different credit cards before their payment goes through, is very difficult about price challenges even after they swipe their card, cannot get their cash prepared before the transaction is done, the computer system is very buggy and doesn’t want to take the card payment until you hit the “sign a paper copy” button, etc. I got a stupid write-up on the 5th of this month with NO chance to explain myself to the team lead who “delivered the message” (not sure who wrote me up in the first place). I tried to tell her that many of the bad scores are really the guest who is being slow or if the computer is being rather slow. Keep in mind that not long ago in the last few weeks, literally 5-6 registers randomly shut down one day and caused a big mess lasting 30-40 min with ringing up shoppers. I literally had no chance to refute the writeup, as she literally went over the write-up word for word, and made me sign the bottom.
Now this is where my being pregnant is relevant. My team leads have been told by the managers (many of whom are newer, mind you) they’re no longer allowed to adjust the break schedule because of the holiday shoppers. Some people’s breaks have been getting pushed to be 3 hours apart at a time, including my own. I literally told my supervisors multiple times I seriously need those breaks every 2 hours as is company policy and such so I can use the restroom and get a small snack in so I don’t get nauseated and such. Some of them do try to get a break in earlier for me and will sometimes ask other cashiers if we can swap breaks. Mind you, my fellow cashiers are great about this because they understand I am pregnant and need breaks and such sooner than others may. Often times however, they are pretty much stuck to the schedule which makes me feel sick sometimes with all that standing, moving around in one spot, etc. I went to work SO many days feeling downright sick with morning illness (bleh!) for several weeks (to avoid being fired thanks to calling out too much), which didn’t really affect how I was treated by management. It gets very interesting. So it’s a store rule now that we cannot have a water bottle by our work station unless we have a medical note now because some flow team member left their “spit bottle” on a shelf somewhere for a freaked out shopper to find and report to management. So much for management getting to the root of the problem instead of letting one moron fuck it up for the rest of us. Ugh! So I called my doctor’s office on the 9th so they could fax over my medical note over to Target stating that I get breaks every 2 hours for 15 min. at a time, am permitted a water bottle at my work station, and to not lift anything over 20 lbs.
Get this: I asked one of the HR ladies about my medical note being faxed over on the 11th, said they did not get anything. Okay so may be the doctor’s office got busy and that they’ll send it later that day, right? I asked again on the 13th and got a very strange response from the same HR lady: “Hmm, I don’t remember getting any medical note faxed over here. I remember yesterday or the day before we got a bunch of blank pieces of paper over here.” Pause. “May be (the HR manager) received something, I’m not sure. I’d have to ask her.” Now this sounds very fishy to me. When I went to my doctor on the 16th (this past Tuesday) I asked him about my medical note being faxed or not. He told me that they did in fact send it over (does remember writing up that note) last week and that it was archived in their computer system and everything! Regardless, he wrote me a new one for me to physically hand to my managers. I handed the same HR lady my medical note the next day, as I was passing by her in the hallway saying “here’s my medical note” and she said she’ll give it to the HR manager.
I decided to give the Target Integrity Hotline a call just yesterday after I had written down everything that’s been taking place over the last month and a half or so. I had to go through phone logs, text messages, my memory, work schedule, etc. to recall everything before writing it all down (dates and all) before doing so. I made sure that the team lead who gave the review to me; the HR lady who dared to lie to me about my medical note; AND the general management of my store (especially whoever wrote me up) were all reported. When the lady asked if I want to give my name or remain anonymous, I made damn well sure my name was on the report. I’m sick of these people thinking they’re God or something and abuse their power. I cannot wait to see what happens tomorrow when I go back into work and see if they have anything to say about my reporting their asses. I am so ready to quit my job, even though I feel somewhat stuck because of my pregnancy and such (who wants to hire a pregnant woman?). At the same time, I have the right to have a healthy pregnancy and be able to balance my work life at the same time. I shouldn’t feel like I need to choose between a healthy pregnancy and my job (sorry but my son comes first before a pathetic retail job if it comes to that)!