ASSEMBLYMEN McLAUGHLIN, McDONALD CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO FIRING OF THOMAS SMITH FOR BOTTLE REDEMPTION

          Assemblymen Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) and John McDonald III (D-Cohoes) today sent a letter to the New York State Department of Labor calling on Commissioner Musolino to launch an investigation into the termination of Thomas Smith on Nov. 6. Mr. Smith was fired for redeeming about $5 worth of bottles and cans inside the Wal-Mart Supercenter in East Greenbush where he had been working for several weeks.

     “Mr. Smith was not given an employee handbook and no one explained the ambiguous rules that govern Wal-Mart’s redemption policy,” the assemblymen wrote. “We understand that there are two sides to every story, but it seems heavy handed to terminate someone who is trying to get their life together.”

            Repeated calls by McLaughlin to Wal-Mart’s legal department dealing with ‘Harassment and Discrimination’ yielded busy signals or machine-operated services. The story recently made national news when it was covered in a Washington Post article.  

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website

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