A Wal-Mart worker was fired after he tried helping a woman who was being attacked in the parking lot. The incident took place at Hartland Township, Mich. when Kristopher Oswald saw a woman being assaulted on Sunday. He claims Wal-Mart fired him for getting involved, Huffington Post reports Oct. 17.
Oswald, 30, told WXYZ-TV that management in the southeastern Michigan Wal-Mart store gave him paperwork, stating he was terminated for violating the store's policy.
The former Wal-Mart worker described the event taking place around 2:30 a.m. in the store's parking lot. Oswald noticed a man grabbing her and when he asked her if she needed help, the man launched an attack on him. Although Oswald was able to get on top of the assailant, two other men started attacking him as well.
Livingston County sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene and stopped the fight.
On Thursday, a Wal-Mart spokesman said the company understood Oswald's attempt to help the woman, but his actions violated company policy and felt justified in firing him.
This decision by Wal-Mart is seen as harsh since they fired a worker who clearly was trying to save a woman from what could have been a tragic situation.