Lawyers in the Illinois area,
please contact Cheryle
imin61071 (at) hotmail (dot) com.
I worked at the Dixon Illinois Wal-Mart. I noticed that one of your other posts also had a complaint needing a lawyer from this town. I have never done an illegal thing in my life, not even a parking ticket.
Yesterday I was fired for stealing. I was handcuffed and led to the police car in front of co-workers who were all too happy to gossip about this today (I've been told).
Wal-Mart would not let me see the tape of what I supposedly had done. They said that I stole some prescription drugs. The drug that was mentioned is on the Wal-Mart $4 generic plan. I could well have afforded that drug if I had wanted it. I even have a prescription for that drug ( a different dose) so there was no need to steal anything. My prescription information was discussed in the security office without my permission. I thought that this was a HIPPA violation.
This drug has no street value and was not even the dose I am on. It's a narrow-therapeutic drug, therefore dosing is crucial and is monitored with twice-yearly blood work. I get my medications through mail order because I never wanted to give anyone any cause to suspect me of anything.
I loved my job and had planned on retiring from Wal-Mart one day. When I was called into the office yesterday I had no idea what was about to occur. Being in a management position, I assumed that it was about another employee. Obviously I was wrong.
This event has the potential to destroy my life. I am a pharmacist. My professional license may be placed on probation or suspended, I may be unable to work because of this, lose my home, etc. My reputation has already begun to suffer. What about my kids? My husband? Living in a small town, everyone will know about this soon enough. I already suffer from stress, anxiety and migraines. Now I have to deal with this as well.
I kept being asked to "just admit to what I had done". I refused because I have done nothing. I stole nothing. Again, the management that was present said that I had and that they saw it on the tape and "tapes don't lie".
Again, I asked to see the tape. I kept telling them that there had to be some mistake, some explanation. I was refused. The arresting police officer was allowed to see it and asked me to admit to it. Obviously something is on that tape to make him say that. I was told that a fellow employee saw me take this item and had reported it, thereby causing loss prevention to get involved. This is a new employee who has tried to cause trouble for others.
Even though I had not stolen anything, I would have gladly paid for whatever they accused me of stealing just to keep my job.
Again, this is a $4 medication we're talking about. I would have voluntarily quit if they had asked in order to keep my professional license in good standing. I was willing to do what it took to keep my job. I was panicking inside. I kept thinking "Are they right? Did I forget something? How did this happen?".
I tore through everything when I got home looking for this mysterious bottle. Yes, they actually had me doubting myself and my memory. They said "Maybe you don't remember because of all the medication you're on". Again, this was in front of 3 people, then 4 when the police officer arrived. Not only was I being accused of theft, but my medical condition, prescriptions, were being discussed in open without my permission.
I wanted to die inside. I kept shaking my head and telling them that there had to be some mistake.
I was arrested, handcuffed, fingerprinted and humiliated without ever seeing what I had supposedly done. Yesterday I had a career and a future. Today I have nothing. Yes, I need an attorney. One that isn't afraid to go up against Wal-Mart. If anyone can help, please contact me at imin61071 (at) hotmail (dot) com
Thank you for reading this.