Walmart Firing & Termination Policy (Your Complete Guide + FAQs)

Worldwide, Walmart employs more than 2.3 million associates to work in its stores and Walmart describes itself as seeing great value in its associates.

However, not all members of the Walmart team display the traits needed to succeed in retail. Therefore, Walmart requires a firing policy to terminate employees when necessary.

So what is Walmart’s Firing Policy? I’ve done the research, and here’s what I found out!

Walmart Firing & Termination Policy

Walmart offers staff ‘at-will’ basis contracts meaning Walmart is free to terminate at any time for any reason as long as it is not discriminatory. Walmart also has in place a points system, where staff who accrue more than 5 points within a six-month period can be terminated.

To find out more about why Walmart can fire you, Walmart’s employee point system, and getting re-hired at Walmart, keep reading!

Why Can Walmart Fire Me?

Walmart hires staff and operates employment on what is called an ‘at-will’ basis. This means that Walmart is able to terminate and fire staff, ending the employment contract, at virtually any time.

Walmart does not have to give reasons for employee termination as long as they are consistent with applicable law. The exception to this is termination based on discrimination against employees.

Walmart, as are many other retailers, are not allowed to discriminate against staff members for any of the following: race, color, creed, religion, natural origin, physical or mental disability, marital status, and sex (including pregnancy).

What Is Walmart’s Employee Point System?

Walmart has a system in place that penalizes employees for discretion to keep their stores running smoothly with valued workers.

With this points-based system, employees can be fired from Walmart if they earn five points during a six-month period as it demonstrates poor work ethic.

Walmart employees can be given points for a number of reasons including:

  • Walmart distributes 1 point for staff members who call in and do not show up as scheduled (even if they are calling in sick)
  • Unexpected absences at Walmart can be given a 3-point maximum penalty

Additionally, Walmart has a Paid Time-Off system that is to be used for instances such as employees being sick.

Walmart also allows for staff members to trade shifts via their staff app to avoid unauthorized absences or calling in sick.

How Many Points Can You Recieve Until You Get Fired At Walmart?

How Many Points Until You Get Fired At Walmart?

Walmart’s employee point system states staff members can accrue a maximum of five points for various discretions before termination is required.

If staff members have been employed by Walmart for less than six months, this is lessened to 4 points before termination.

However, if you have worked for six months or more, you are allowed 5 points before Walmart will terminate your employment.

Is It Hard To Get Fired From Walmart?

While many think that a Walmart job is considered “cushy” and almost impossible to get fired from, the opposite is actually true.

As stated above, Walmart enforces a very strict points policy for its employees to ensure any unwanted behavior is penalized.

Additionally, since Walmart’s customer service is considered subpar when compared to other retailers, this is something Walmart is actively trying to fix.

So if an employee violates any of the working agreements, Walmart managers will not hesitate to add points to an employee’s profile.

Previously, Walmart also used to work on a maximum of 9 points before an employee can get terminated, but this has now been reduced to 5.

Can Walmart Fire You Without Telling You?

Yes, since Walmart uses ‘at-will” based contracts with their employees, means Walmart is within its rights to fire workers without any notice.

On the flip side of the coin, Walmart employees also have the same rights and can also quit their position without any notice.

Does Walmart Pay Out PTO When Fired?

Yes, Walmart does pay out accrued and unused paid time off (PTO) to employees (a maximum of five days) that have been fired. However, the employee must have been working for Walmart for at least 1 year to receive the PTO.

Additionally, there may be some slight variations to this policy as each state has different termination policies, so it is best to check with your local laws.

Will Walmart Rehire Me If I’ve Been Fired?

Whether Walmart will rehire terminated employees depends on the terms by which you exited the company.

If you ended your employment with Walmart on positive terms, due to reasons such as needing time off due to sickness, family issues, or issues unrelated to your work ethic, you will likely be rehired by Walmart.

However, you will need to wait 90 days to re-apply, either to your previous Walmart store or a new one.

Additionally, If your reasons for being fired were serious, such as theft, harassment, or assault, it is extremely unlikely Walmart will rehire you.

If your reasons were due to work-related issues, such as tardiness, bad customer service, or tested reasons, you may need to wait for six months to one year to reapply for Walmart again.

Also, Walmart should have conducted an exit interview with you when you left or were fired. During this interview, Walmart should have informed you if you’re eligible to reapply.

Why Will Walmart Not Rehire Me?

If you have been fired from Walmart for a serious issue, you will not be eligible to be rehired by Walmart.

Issues considered serious by Walmart and similar retailers include any of the following reasons: theft, fraud, harassment of fellow staff or customers, sexual harassment or assault of customers or fellow staff, and violence at work.

These issues will not only prevent you from being rehired by Walmart but will likely result in Walmart pressing criminal charges against you.

Even in the cases of petty theft such as stealing food or similar items from Walmart, the statute of limitations allows charges to be brought against you by Walmart up to a full year after your termination.

How Can I Be Rehired At Walmart?

If you have previously been fired by Walmart and wish to be rehired, there are steps you can take.

According to online researchers, the best method of being rehired by Walmart is to contact your former manager or store manager.

They will be able to inform you if their current Walmart is seeking to employ people and if you are eligible to be rehired.

To learn more about working at Walmart, you can see our related posts on the Walmart dress code, the Walmart bereavement policy, calling in sick to Walmart, and also whether or not Walmart drug tests.


Walmart has a policy for all employees that states any issues that earn staff members 5 employee points (such as skipping shifts and unauthorized absences) will lead to termination from the company.

Walmart can also fire employees for a variety of other offenses including petty and serious crimes, which come with the risk of being legally prosecuted by Walmart.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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