Although I list Wal-Mart in my book and give them a relatively high grade (a B for their decent sizes and business style), I do not like them as a company and I flat out refuse to buy anything from them. I understand that many people may have this chain as their only option for purchasing clothes. I also understand that living in NYC, I have many options for shopping that don't require me to drive 50 miles out of the way for an alternative to Wal-Mart.
That said, the New York Times recently wrote an article about an internal memo from Wal-Mart that got leaked:
"An internal memo sent to Wal-Mart's board of directors proposes numerous ways to hold down spending on health care and other benefits while seeking to minimize damage to the retailer's reputation. Among the recommendations are hiring more part-time workers and discouraging unhealthy people from working at Wal-Mart."
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This could have a profound effect on the employment of workers who are "overweight" by AMA standards. This could even conceivably produce a trend where people who are considered "unhealthy" (whether they are or not) don't deserve jobs. Why do I think is? Like it or not (I don't), what Wal-Mart does influences other retailers and other employers. It's been argued that Wal-Mart's reliance on the lowest wage earners both for labor and sales has helped keep our wages low all across the country. That's great for Wal-Mart's stock holders, but less great (even lousy) for the rest of us.
I urge people to contact Wal-Mart and tell them that you're fat (or support size acceptance) and that if this becomes company policy, that you will no longer shop at Wal-Mart.
Submit feedback to corporate headquarters
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, Arkansas 72716-8611.