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Walmart offers job back to employee fired for assisting assault victim

(Credit: Reuters) This Reuters photo shows the Wal-Mart company logo outside a Wal-Mart Stores Inc company distribution center in Bentonville, Arkansas.Wal-Mart Stores Inc
October 19
6:45 AM 2013

Walmart had offered Kristopher Oswald his job back at the store in Harland, MI. Oswald was fired from his job stocking pet food on the store's overnight shift this week after he helped an assault victim in the store's parking lot. A Walmart spokesperson told ABC Action News that they gave Oswald back his job after reviewing the facts and understanding that he only had good intentions in violating a company policy.

Walmart initially fired Oswald because he supposedly violated a company policy on workplace violence. Oswald said the retailer had rules that prevented violence in the workplace. However, when ABC Action News asked if he would accept the job again, Oswald said he was not yet sure.

In August, Wal-Mart Stores reported a decrease in its quarterly sales in the US. According to a Reuters report, the cause of the decline was that shoppers were left with less spending money due to the higher taxes and increased gasoline prices. For the second quarter which ended in July, US sales fell 0.3% and store visits declined 0.5%.

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