ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL URGES WALMART TO STRENGTHEN WORKER PROTECTIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today led a coalition of 12 attorneys general in calling on Walmart to strengthen measures to protect the health and safety of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter sent to Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon, Raoul and the coalition express concern over media reports and complaints by employees alleging inadequate safety measures for employees and customers, insufficient sick leave policies, failure to inform customers and employees of potential exposure to COVID-19, and pressure put on employees to return to work while exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
“It is unconscionable that Walmart has failed to provide the minimum protections and benefits to its employees that are required of other, smaller employers,” Raoul said. “As millions of Americans rely on Walmart for groceries and necessary supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, I urge Walmart to take the additional steps needed to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers.”
To adequately protect customers and employees, Raoul and the attorneys general ask Walmart to confirm it is adhering to all applicable state directives and commit to:
Additionally, Raoul and the coalition call on Walmart to adopt a policy of paid sick leave which provides the minimum protections required under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including:
Finally, Raoul and the coalition ask Walmart to provide the coalition with documents and records containing information related to Walmart’s policies and practices in place to protect employees against the spread of COVID-19.
Walmart plays an important role during this crisis by providing groceries and necessary supplies to millions of Americans and has seen increasing profits and expansion. Raoul and the coalition argue that Walmart has an even greater obligation to ensure its employees stay safe and healthy while working throughout the pandemic.
Joining Raoul in the letter are the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Washington.