My mother works for a grocery store chain. She is in her 60's, a diabetic, and just got transferred to a store that requires a 2 hour commute. Her Store Director is fully aware of this, and the fact she has no help in the department she manages. The store
director will only hire completely unreliable people who just stop showing up because of this. She barely has time for lunch, and with diabetics, a certain schedule of eating along with medicine Is vital to maintain her blood sugar and everything else related.
The store director is aware of all of this. Here's the wrinkle, her Store Director has been unhappy with her department, fully aware of the staffing situation. She just threatened my mother to work every weekend at nights (it's a bake shop, you have to stay
to the wee hours of the morning after already working the day.) "as a punishment". Those were her words, a direct threat. The company is doing what it does to all their older employees too much, they make their situations as difficult as possible to get you
to quit before reaching full retirement. This "punishment" would put my mother's health in serious jeopardy, and like I said, she is fully aware. She is also fully aware she has a daughter (me) who is on disability and requires help, so she is essentially
threatening my health as well for a "punishment"? Is that even legal?! To actually threaten a punishment designed to force her out due to her personal health concerns? Please, I am so scared for her right now, I can already see her looking and feeling worse.
Considering the punishment was designed specifically to put her health in jeapordy, that's a pretty cruel and unusual punishment for someone who is not even in jail! Please tell me if I would have any legal recourse, or is this is actually legal for her store
director to get away with? That basically boils down to threatening her life! Is this possibly even age discrimination
? She's worked there for over 30 years, and nothing like this has ever happened with previous store directors.