Man rejects Wal-Mart's offer to return to work

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm •  Published: October 25, 2013
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HARTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man who was fired by a Wal-Mart store in Michigan after interrupting an assault in the parking lot said Friday he would reject the offer to return to work.

Kristopher Oswald, 30, said he believes public attention has embarrassed Wal-Mart and that the Bentonville, Ark.-based company would look for reasons to fire him again, although a spokeswoman said there would be no retaliation.

"I wholeheartedly believe I'm being set up for the fall," Oswald told The Associated Press. "I believe the only reason I was offered my job back in the first place was that I was on TV. They got three days of bad publicity, people going in and protesting, saying they wouldn't shop there anymore."

On Thursday, he told the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus he wanted a formal apology and the firing for violating store policy be removed from his personnel record.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan told the AP that Wal-Mart had apologized and had a strict policy against retaliation. She said there would be no mention of the dismissal in Oswald's file.

"The offer's on the table," she said. "If he wants to come back to Wal-Mart, we will assure he will not be retaliated against and we will provide safe working conditions for him."

She said the company also had offered to reimburse Oswald for lost wages.