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Fired Wal-Mart Employee: Disabled Greeter Back on Job After Returning Late From Lunch

Oct 29, 2013 04:24 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
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A disabled Wal-Mart employee is back to work after being let go for reportedly coming back late from lunch. (Not pictured)(Photo : Reuters)

A disabled Wal-Mart greeter is back on the job after initially being fired for returning to work past the time he was supposed to The Durango Herald reported Monday.

"Sometimes we have to take a step back and look at the situation from another perspective," Nadine Barber, an advocate for Woods, and Wal-Mart store employee said in a post on Wal-Mart's Facebook page. "Our current policy exists with everyone's safety in mind and we understand there could be some room for interpretation. While we understand (a manager's) intentions were good, at the time we believed there were some additional safety concerns. That being said, we have offered him his job back and welcome him back to the store."

According to The Herald, Matt Woods endured a brain injury in a car crash in 2005 while he was a junior at Utah Valley University.

"We are currently looking into the situation further, and we'll handle it appropriately once we know more," Kayla Whaling, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart told The Herald prior to Woods return.

Woods family believes the company should have told Jessica his wife about the issue since she knows him best, and can get rid of anything that might gear Matt away from doing his job correctly.

"The two biggest things that we wanted were that he be able to revolve his work schedule around the bus, which they were very good at, and that I, as his wife and representative, be notified whenever anything needed to be discussed regarding him," she told The Durango. "I was completely blown away and shocked when he got home on Monday and told me he didn't have a job anymore. To him, it felt very personal and disappointing because he does try and loves his job. He's trying to do the best that he can."

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