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January 14, 2005

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" in September.

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.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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