Platforms like TikTok have become a popular outlet for users to share behind-the-scenes revelations about various industries, shedding light on their harsh realities. From Domino’s delivery drivers exposing their meager tips to Instacart shoppers calling out fraudulent refund attempts, these revelations can have unintended consequences when higher-ups take notice.
She Was Terminated After She Exposed Working Conditions
In recent news, a long-serving Walmart employee was terminated after posting content on TikTok that exposed some of the less desirable aspects of working for the retail giant.
She Had Over 16 Years of Service
With over 16 years of dedicated service, the former Walmart coach, known as @stephunleashed on TikTok, took to the platform to share her experiences and shed light on the challenges faced by employees in the retail industry.
Her ‘Openness’ Doesn’t Align With Expectations
Walmart’s career website describes the role of a coach as someone who supports their team by aligning their goals with the business objectives.
They communicate with team leads about performance and develop plans to improve overall business performance.
However, it appears that Steph’s openness about certain frustrating duties at the store didn’t align with the company’s expectations of communication.
She Tore Apart Her T-Shirts
In a TikTok video shared on January 9, 2023, Steph first revealed her termination.
In a symbolic act of liberation, she proudly tore apart one of her blue Walmart employee T-shirts, signifying her newfound freedom from the job.
The Harsh Working Conditions
The following day, she shared what she claims to be one of the videos that led to her dismissal.
In the video, she documented the grueling experience of conducting inventory, highlighting the challenges faced by herself and her coworkers as they meticulously scanned every product in the store.
She Was Operating on Little Sleep
Steph revealed that she had only managed to get three-and-a-half hours of sleep before engaging in this demanding task.
Support From Viewers Poured in
The video sparked a wave of support from TikTok users who expressed their confusion over Walmart’s decision to fire her based on its content.
She Was Only Showing Insight Into a Common Retail Practice
Many users questioned why she would face repercussions for showcasing outdated inventory scanners and providing insight into a common retail practice.
She Wasn’t Supposed to be on Her Phone
While some speculated that it might have been Steph’s use of her phone during working hours that violated Walmart’s social media policy.
What Was Her Crime?
While others suggested that her dismissal was unrelated to the specific content but rather a consequence of being caught on her phone while on the job.
She Enjoys Her New Freedom
Despite her termination circumstances, Steph hasn’t shied away from expressing her relief and disdain for her former employment.
Her recent TikTok posts are filled with her reveling in the freedom she now enjoys as she gleefully disposes of or vandalizes her old work uniforms, further emphasizing her departure from the retail giant.
Employee’s Rights to Voice Their Opinion
The incident involving Steph serves as a reminder of the delicate balance between expressing dissatisfaction or shedding light on workplace realities and potential consequences when sharing such content on platforms like TikTok.
It also raises questions about corporate social media policies intersecting employee rights to voice their experiences and opinions.
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