Pinay employee seeks fair compensation from Walmart after injury
A Filipina Walmart employee in California is demanding fair compensation from the company after she suffered an injury while performing her job last year.
Maria Umali, 63, joined other Walmart employees and their supporters at a press conference held outside the Union City Walmart on March 10 to call on the management of Walmart, one of the largest private employers in the United States.
A Walmart employee for 16 years, Umali is asking the company to fairly compensate her for expenses, including medical equipment and home health care, following her injury that left her unable to work.
"I was a dedicated Walmart employee for 16 years," said Umali, who is now wheelchair-bound after she broke her hip on the job last year. "I liked my job but I don't think I will ever be able to work again after my injury."
Umali said with her partner already deceased, she could barely afford her medical bills, let alone pay for a home nurse.
"I just want Walmart to do the right thing," she said.
Umali found an ally in California Assemblymember Bill Quirk, who urged the retail giant to "step up and take responsibility for workers injured on the job."
"A responsible company provides safe working conditions for its employees," Quirk said in a statement. "A responsible company provides fair compensation for its employees in those unfortunate conditions where accidents do occur."
Joining Umali at the press conference were supportive Walmart workers, District Two Supervisor Richard Valle, a representative from Quirk's office, and a representative from California Senator Bob Wieckowski's office.
GMA News Online has reached Union City Walmart for its comment via Facebook, but it has yet to issue a statement as of posting time. -- KBK, GMA News