Walmart ‘Suspends’ 10 Workers For Taking 5 Minute Break In 90+ Degree Weather
They were also pressing for better working conditions:
Ten workers at a Walmart supplier’s Southern California warehouse said they were suspended indefinitely Friday after taking a five-minute break in temperatures of more than 90 degrees.
The workers said they believe they were suspended from the Olivet International warehouse in Mira Loma, about an hour east of Los Angeles, in retaliation for raising concerns about working conditions over the last few months. The suspended workers, joined by a couple dozen supporters, picketed Wednesday morning in front of the warehouse to protest the suspensions.
Ricardo Hernandez, 21, said he had worked at the warehouse full time for a year until Friday. “We take heat breaks two or three times a day,” Hernandez told HuffPost. “But then on Friday, they told us they were suspending us for taking a heat break.
“I want management to hear us and take a walk in our shoes to see what we go through every day. This warehouse is really tough to work in under such hot temperatures with no cool water,” he said.