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Thursday, November 15, 2012

How Ethical is Black Friday or Thursday for Employees?

By: Law Offices of Peter J. Lamont

Next week is Thanksgiving, a holiday that would be almost completely overshadowed by Christmas were it not for the outrageous sales held every year the day after. Known as Black Friday, stores across the country deeply discount items to prices that are not seen at any other time.  The result is pretty overwhelming as customers start their days before sunrise and clear the shelves before noon.  It is so highly anticipated that some stores are now opening on Thanksgiving night. 

If you are a customer who chooses to shop on Thanksgiving night when they open, then that is a decision you can make.  However, how ethical are these hours to the employees who are required to work?  Should a company be allowed to carry these hours at the expense of the workers?  They may be getting paid extra and this is the job they have chosen, but many believe this is asking too much.

What do you think?  Is there anything wrong with taking employees away from their families on a holiday or is it just part of the job requirements?
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