Carmen Liggett says none of her bosses at Sears Roebuck and Co. will tell her
why she's been fired. She claims a spotless work record during her 4 years as
an hourly customer sales associate at a Sears store in Indianapolis. She received
a 6 percent pay raise in November. She was named "Employee of the Month"
So what gives?
The firing might have something to do her announced intention to criticize
the company for the second straight year at its shareholders' meeting in March.
In particular, she planned to lambaste Sears CEO Alan Lacy, whom she believes
has no business getting a lucrative new job under Sears' recent merger with
Kmart, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Last month, Liggett posted criticisms of Lacy online, accusing him of "setting
up" Sears for the merger by selling off its most profitable division, its
credit-card business, in hopes of weakening the retailer so it could be more
easily acquired by Kmart.
In addition, the Sun-Times reports, she told a Dec. 7 holiday dinner
audience of Sears retirees and veteran employees that she intended to seek other
shareholders' proxy votes so she could voice her criticisms for longer than
the 3 minutes allotted at the upcoming shareholders' meeting.
A spokesman for Chicago-based Sears' told the Sun-Times that the company
cannot publicly discuss Liggett's firing or any other personnel matters. "We
respect the privacy of all current and former employees," he said.