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LulzAnon

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I'm a cashier and yesterday two of the store managers brought me to the office and said that I've been ringing up too slowly and that customers are complaining and "worried about me." I explained that I have several psychological conditions (two of which are on the ADA list of disabilities) and that I have to take a lot of medication daily and sometimes I have to take anxiety medication which makes me a bit loopy. They didn't write me up, but I'm still within my 90 days so I'm concerned they may let me go. 

Is it unlawful for them to fire someone because of their disabilities? I hate referring to my conditions that way,  but technically, that's what they are - disabilities. 

I just don't want to lose my job. I like it there. Can I seek legal recourse if they do fire me? 



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Perhaps the front end isn't for you.  You'd probably want to avoid deli too since it involves a lot of waiting on customers.  As far as being fired because of your disabilities goes, you would have to be to prove that they fired you because of your disabilities and not because you couldn't do the job.  Having a disability does not give you a free pass.  If you can't do the work, then you need to move on.  



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They can not fire you because of your disability, but can "let you go within your probational period" because of qualify of work (speed of checkout). Every employer is required to make reasonable accommodations to the job description for associates with a "conditions". Cashier isn't for everyone, because of the non-stop nature of the position. If you feel your being picked on, you need to ask "Is this conversation occurring with every cashier", but also need to ask yourself "is it safe for me to be standing/lifting with so much medication".

I would suggest, being upfront with not feeling good and express your trying to better. You do not need to go into detail about your illness, but being and expressing your desire to perform better makes a lasting impression in peoples minds.

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Perhaps the front end isn't for you.  You'd probably want to avoid deli too since it involves a lot of waiting on customers.  As far as being fired because of your disabilities goes, you would have to be to prove that they fired you because of your disabilities and not because you couldn't do the job.  Having a disability does not give you a free pass.  If you can't do the work, then you need to move on.  


I'm not looking for a "free pass" here, bro. I go to work, I keep my head down, and I do my job. I don't want to move on, I like it there. If they or people like you feel that I "can't do the work," that's y'alls problem. It's not my decision to be highly medicated daily, but I have to be. 

I'm trying to work here and not be one of those a-holes on disability.  



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They cant fire you for the disabi but can for not being able to preform the job. Weve lost 2 night clerks in the last two months for not being able to keep up with the work. maybe talk about switching to another department. 



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Bakerchick25

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Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:

Perhaps the front end isn't for you.  You'd probably want to avoid deli too since it involves a lot of waiting on customers.  As far as being fired because of your disabilities goes, you would have to be to prove that they fired you because of your disabilities and not because you couldn't do the job.  Having a disability does not give you a free pass.  If you can't do the work, then you need to move on.  


I'm not looking for a "free pass" here, bro. I go to work, I keep my head down, and I do my job. I don't want to move on, I like it there. If they or people like you feel that I "can't do the work," that's y'alls problem. It's not my decision to be highly medicated daily, but I have to be. 

I'm trying to work here and not be one of those a-holes on disability.  


 I agree with the last poster. Possibly speak to someone in management about switching departments. And as an aside, just as you don't like having to be on such heavy medication for your conditions. There are no doubt countless other people that do NOT wish to be on disability either. Knowing they can't take care of themselves or families like they once were able to. There situations are no more their fault than yours' are.



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I agree with everyone else. Switch departments. Its easy and management will be open to the idea if you are otherwise a good employee. We just had a girl who had to change departments (I work in the deli) because she just couldn't handle the pace. I would bring it up to one of the managers you spoke with. Best of luck.

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How do you pass the drug tests with all the Xanax you are taking. Were you hired as a cashier. There is so much more here we don't know. As for being loopy, this willstop you from all equipment being used. You need to find another job as being under the influence of even a legal drud disqualifies you foe every other clerk job even when  you use a box cutter. You need to leave



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with the way Kroger is going, if you like working there, and if you show up every day and don't call off, i don't think they'll get rid of you. They'll probably want you to get faster if you stay as a cashier, or they might try putting you in a different department.

Good for you for wanting to work, it's more than we get out of a lot of people anymore. be careful though with being "loopy' at work, you don't want to get hurt on the job or something. :)

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Mr Frontenac

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I'm curious, OP. What was your ring tender or IPM that they gave you to say you were scanning too slow? 

I was slow too when I started. Then a couple months later, I said, I want to do Uscan. Then I told them I liked it, then they shoved me in there full time.



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They can't fire you for having a disability but they can fire you if you can't do the job well, even if you have disabilities. So yes, they could fire you in this situation, but I doubt they will. They're just trying to get you to work faster.



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Mr Frontenac

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Mr Frontenac wrote:

I'm curious, OP. What was your ring tender or IPM that they gave you to say you were scanning too slow? 

I was slow too when I started. Then a couple months later, I said, I want to do Uscan. Then I told them I liked it, then they shoved me in there full time.


 It's actually weird. I'm not even included in the monthly ring tender reports they post up in the break room anymore.



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Bakerchick25 wrote:
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Anonymous wrote:

Perhaps the front end isn't for you.  You'd probably want to avoid deli too since it involves a lot of waiting on customers.  As far as being fired because of your disabilities goes, you would have to be to prove that they fired you because of your disabilities and not because you couldn't do the job.  Having a disability does not give you a free pass.  If you can't do the work, then you need to move on.  


I'm not looking for a "free pass" here, bro. I go to work, I keep my head down, and I do my job. I don't want to move on, I like it there. If they or people like you feel that I "can't do the work," that's y'alls problem. It's not my decision to be highly medicated daily, but I have to be. 

I'm trying to work here and not be one of those a-holes on disability.  


 I agree with the last poster. Possibly speak to someone in management about switching departments. And as an aside, just as you don't like having to be on such heavy medication for your conditions. There are no doubt countless other people that do NOT wish to be on disability either. Knowing they can't take care of themselves or families like they once were able to. There situations are no more their fault than yours' are.


 Yep and calling them a holes for being on disability is rather insensitive 



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Mr Frontenac wrote:
Mr Frontenac wrote:

I'm curious, OP. What was your ring tender or IPM that they gave you to say you were scanning too slow? 

I was slow too when I started. Then a couple months later, I said, I want to do Uscan. Then I told them I liked it, then they shoved me in there full time.


 It's actually weird. I'm not even included in the monthly ring tender reports they post up in the break room anymore.


 Yeah everyone is slow when they start, did they give you any tips on how to be faster? Or tell you what goal to reach? You will have to check our the laws in your state about being fired for your disability.  Because even if you are probation they would still need to do through some procedures, or they could end up paying you unemployment 



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