Walmart, a retail giant, is facing a backlash after an employee was accused of assaulting a fellow employee.
The company has come under fire for hiring a human resources manager who allegedly punched a colleague and was arrested on domestic violence charges.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the employee, identified only as “Dwayne,” claimed he was attacked by a co-worker while they were sitting in a Walmart parking lot on March 11.
The employee was arrested by Los Angeles Police Department officers and booked into a county jail.
Dwayne told police he confronted the man, identified as “Sam,” after Sam allegedly kicked him and hit him in the face.
“I was trying to defend myself, and he grabbed my arm and said, ‘Get your ass out of here!
You’re a coward,'” Dwayne told the police.
“I didn’t do anything.”
“It’s disgusting, and it’s sickening, and Walmart needs to come out and condemn it,” said Scott Bialik, executive director of the Workers Rights Consortium, an advocacy group.
“There’s no reason for Walmart to hire someone who would physically assault an employee or a customer in that situation.”
Walmart’s HR director did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Employees in the United States are entitled to health benefits, a basic income and other protections.
But they also have a right to sue the company for wage theft, according to the National Employment Law Project.
Walmart says it has fired about 1,400 employees since 2008.
This post has been updated.