Taneka Talley was working at Dollar Tree (kinda like Giant Tiger) in Fairfield California when a man – who had decided to murder the first black person he saw – walked in and killed her. This is appalling, but the company’s response almost seems worse.
- Send email to Dollar Tree CEO firstname.lastname@example.org
The company is trying to keep her estate from collecting the $400,000 death-on-the-job benefit that’s part California state law on workplace injuries.
Their line of argument? The fact that she was black established a personal connection with her killer which meant that her death – though it occurred in the workplace – was not an on-the-job death.
Thanks to joninnit for eloquently trashing Dollar Tree on his blog. I would echo his suggestion that people use the Dollar Tree customer services contact page to express their opinion of how they’re handling this case.
Thanks Chris – this is just the worst case I’ve heard in so long, and is all so needless – The family will likely win the appeal according to what I’ve read, but they should never have been forced to press it that far to get their rights. Fingers crossed EFCA gets through in the UK and helps workers in some of these stripped-to-the-bone sectors get some more clout at work and stop this kind of thing happening before it gets this far out of hand.
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