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Major Backlash Forces Walmart To Keep Disabled Greeters

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Last month, we shared the story of Adam Catlin, a Walmart greeter and Special Olympian with cerebral palsy who feared he would lose his job because of the big box store's changing policies.

Catlin, 30, was told he could be out of work after a decade manning the door at the Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania Walmart Supercenter when the company eliminated their "greeter" position in April.

Jay Marion Walmart greeter
After 17 years with Walmart, Jay Marion was told he could lose his job. Now, the store has found him a new one.Pat Ray - Facebook

Walmart announced stores nationwide would be replacing around 1,000 front door greeters with "hosts" this year, but the change of title included new physical requirements that some greeters could not pass.

Catlin, who is also legally blind and has limited dexterity in his hands, was one of many greeters with disabilities warned that they he could not transfer into a new position at his store, they would be let go.

Catlin's mother, Holly, wrote that he was being "thrown to the curb from his job that he truly loves and does [wholeheartedly]."

To all of the supporters far and wide, thank you so much for your support during this situation with Adam's job. We met...

Posted by Holly Catlin on Friday, March 1, 2019

But this month, after facing a nationwide backlash against the new policies, Walmart announced it will make "every effort" to find new jobs for their disabled greeters.

It's no surprise, as retail consultant Craig Johnson called the company's original stance "a major-league botch" that rightfully stirred up anger.

In a memo to store managers, the CEO of Walmart's U.S. stores, Greg Foran, said that several greeters had already been offered new jobs at their stores.

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Walmart greeters will become "hosts" with an updated list of responsibilities.Andrea McCarren - Twitter

While that's not really a major change from Walmart's original plan to reposition greeters, Foran writes the company is "taking specific steps to support" their disabled greeters.

One of those steps is extending the 60-day period Walmart workers are usually given to find new jobs withing the company.

Catlin and a pair of other greeters with cerebral palsy have accepted new jobs in the self-checkout department.

Walmart's new "hosts" are expected to greet customers, but also help with returns, prevent shoplifting, and do other tasks to help keep the store clean.

[H/T: CTV News]

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