Filipina injured while working at Walmart demands justice

Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Mar 12 2016 11:14 AM

UNION CITY, California - A Filipino woman from the San Francisco Bay Area who was injured while working at Walmart said the multi-billion dollar company is not doing enough to help her.

Walmart workers, along with union leaders, joined together to show support for 63-year old Filipina Maria Umali who broke her hip while working at Walmart in Union City last year.

Umali who gained workers compensation said it is not enough.

"As a human, I need at least respect for 16-years working for them. I risked my life working in the customer service, dealing with some rude customers and I don't know...how come they treat me just like rag," Umali said.

Umali's incident occurred in May 2015 when she slipped in a backroom. She said her managers made her wait in a room for possibly two hours before allowing her to leave the store and seek medical attention.

"They pulled me from the wet paint, put me in the corner and they didn't even do anything," she said.

Umali said that due to her injury, she cannot take care of herself and her doctors recommended that she hire a caregiver. She believes that Walmart should pay for the caregiver since she was injured on the job.

However, Walmart said no.

"It's not enough for me and after what happened I cannot even work. I don't know what's going to happen to me," she said.

Umali has the support of local leaders like Union City Supervisor Richard Valle who said that wealthy company like Walmart can easily afford to take care of its workers.

"Many times I've dealt with the managers of this store for different causes in our town and they have stepped up in various small ways. Their management team really needs to pay more attention to their staff," he said.

Umali said she is fighting Walmart not just for herself but for any worker who gets injured on the job.

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