SAN JOSE, Calif.
— A former Walmart worker said she had to tell employees in a meeting to get off the job after telling them they had to get out of the store and go home.
Jewel Osco, who was fired from her job at a Wal-Mart store in the Bay Area, said she felt like a criminal.
“They were just trying to force me to leave,” Osco told ABC News.
“I don’t know how you think that I’m going to leave a place like this, to be fired for a reason, to get people to leave.”
Osco is one of many former employees to speak out against what they say are unfair firings of workers in the nation’s largest retailer.
Some say the firings stem from the retailer’s massive recall of thousands of products, which are now in the hands of stores.
The store, known as Walmart Supercenter, has been in bankruptcy for more than a decade.
Walmart said it would have to close a handful of stores and would hire temporary workers.
Walmart is owned by Walmart Stores Inc., which says it is an equal opportunity employer.
But critics say it’s an unequal opportunity employer, and has faced criticism from workers for its treatment of women and other minorities.
Some workers have said they were forced to leave stores because they were late for work.
Osco said she was late for a meeting at her Wal-mart store on May 20 when she said her manager told her she would be fired if she didn’t come back by 9 p.m.
“That’s when I realized I had to leave, that I had been fired,” Oscoco said.
“So I left.”
Oscino said her supervisor said the store would close on Thursday and that she would not be able to get a new job.
But the next day, she said she received a phone call from a store manager saying she would receive a letter.
She said she went to work the next morning.
Oscico said she waited at her home to call Walmart headquarters.
“It was like a nightmare,” Oschino said.
She got a call from the manager telling her she was fired, and she got a second phone call.
“She said, ‘You’re fired,'” Oscola said.
Oschio said the manager said she told her supervisor to call the police, but she was told that she could not talk to the police.
She didn’t tell anyone because she didn`t want them to know what happened.
Oscodo said she called the police and filed a police report.
She told ABC affiliate KSBW-TV that she thought Walmart would be happy to get rid of her.
“At first, I thought they were trying to give me some kind of positive outcome,” Oscodos said.
But it didn’t go that way.
“There was no positive outcome.
She basically said, `You know, I`m done, and I`ll take a few days off,'” Oscodosi said.
Walmart declined to comment on Oscoby’s allegations, but it issued a statement saying it had implemented a process to ensure that all people in its stores are eligible to receive the voluntary recall.
It said it will “continue to make every effort to keep our associates in a position to work in the store.”
Walmart said in a statement that it has a process in place to make sure all people eligible for voluntary recall are eligible for full benefits.
“If employees have completed all of their voluntary work-related requirements, then their benefit eligibility for recall benefits will be reviewed, and they will be allowed to continue to receive their benefits as normal,” Walmart said.
In the meantime, Oscodino said she plans to file a federal lawsuit against Walmart in court, seeking $10 million in damages.
“This is just a complete, total lie,” Osceo said.