Sunday, October 23, 2011

Because Big Business Cares For You

And conservatives wonder why people are rising up against corporatism and corporate greed:
Last month, a Time Warner Cable customer service rep died at her desk. After any unexpected death, people searched for answers, explanations, someone to blame. But in this case, there may have actually been something foul afoot. A local news station reports that after a co-worker began giving CPR to 67-year-old Julia Nelson, a supervisor allegedly told her to stop and "get back on the phone and take care of customers."

Nelson slumped at her desk at the Time Warner Call Center in Garfield Heights, Ohio, and wasn't breathing by the time paramedics arrived. But before that happened, a co-worker rushed over and began administering CPR, the woman told WOIO, only to be asked to stop. Employees at the scene have confirmed this report.

The woman was also told later by another supervisor that she could be "held liable if something goes wrong."

Ohio has a "Good Samaritan" law on the books, however, which protects bystanders who provide emergency aid from being sued for unintentional injury or wrongful death.
Nice. The company not only lets the one woman die, but then they make false threats against the other worker who went to her aid.

If you're not outraged by this story, you're part of the problem.

1 comment:

  1. Well, the supervisors and their company can now truthfully boast in ads and trade periodicals that they make Customer Service their TOP Priority, above every other consideration (including the lives of their employees), and that's really the important thing, isn't it?

    [Sort of like the Shirtwaist Factory made concentrating on production their top priority, so they padlocked the fire exits to keep employees from unauthorized breaks — which also kept the employees inside when the building caught fire.]

    Makes you wonder what all the other companies will do, just to keep up! Hmmm, get rid of OSHA, for starters?