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'Undercover Boss': Rich McClure Recruits His Wife to Learn the Truth About Women at United Van Lines (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 14th 2011 3:13AM
Rich McClure, 'Undercover Boss' United Van LinesSometimes it takes a woman's touch. In the case of Rich McClure's trek deep into the bowels of his own company on 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS), there was one facet of his business he simply could not uncover himself. So he sent his wife, Sharon in.

What they discovered is something that's still far too common in many different kinds of businesses. Applying for a claims job, the hiring manager, Linda, set Sharon straight on a sad reality as she perceived it.

"Don't do claims because you think it's going to take you somewhere else" Linda told Sharon, "Because it's not. This is an all-boys club. It's very, very, very difficult for a woman to move up unless she's familially related."

She went on to sound mostly disgruntled about her own lack of career growth, but when Sharon asked her about the possibility of mentoring a younger woman, Linda perked up. "I would absolutely do it," she said. "Because those that come after us; we would hope that they go farther than we did."

It's the kind of insight a man would never be able to get no matter how deeply undercover he went, and certainly a perception the CEO of a company like United Van Lines would want to know. If it is a reality, than it needs to be changed. But even if it's not a reality, then something definitely needs to be done to change that perception.

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Linda is not the "hiring manager" as you state. She is the Claims Manager (the only one) for three companies.

March 17 2011 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

United Van Lines is a prime example of corporate greed and complete disrespect of Americas laws and workers. I have worked for several united agents and the worst is S&M Moving Systems. They nearly killed me, sending me with a driver who not only was way over his legal hours to be on the road, but i was told he was previously fired from another United Agency. Eventhough he fell asleep at the wheel and flipped on the freeway and then we were hit by another tractor trailer, I was injured, I got no settlement. My wife had to come and pick me up from a Hospital out of state. When I got home my boss called and without knowing my injuries told me to take a few days off. I could barely walk. I could not get a lawyer to fight them because United uses a Unigroup owned insurance agency, they fight all claims very aggressively. The one lawyer that did sign, quit or was paid off. They use illegals openly. The ones I worked with often didn't speak english and would trap doves on the warehouse grounds and store them in the lunch room freezer to take home for dinner. One had to go back to Mexico for a funeral and it took him 2 months to get back. They also subcontract jobs through companies that were clearly nothing but illegals. They made us buy our own expensive equipment and gave most of us no healthcare or vacation. I have seen large scale cheating at the scales and cheating on claims. One United driver actually carried a waterbed mattress in his bellybox so he can fill it up with water and drain it. Most just fill up fuel in-between weights, but I have also seen the use of helpers standing on S&Ms own scales and the use of their forklift to cheat. Remember a good portion of corporate moves are footed by the tax payers and corporate welfare. One time we were putting a new warehouse inventory system in place and we had to account for all the storage vaults. Some vaults were missing all together and some we found property that wasnt supposed to be there. When we looked them up, they were customers who filed lost or stolen claims against them and they got nothing. S&M claimed they were delivered and the customer never recieved the goods. Unigroups dirty insurance hard at work. I could go on and on, but i hope you get the point. out of decency for human rights, please don't Use united van lines. I was in great demand and had a reputation as quality. Out of state drivers would request me to load and unload their goods. I went to the top corporate accounts and rich people. I was hand picked to appear in a training video for which i was not compesated for or did i sign a release. Then their own negligence almosts kills me and I was tossed with the trash. I could not treat my worst enemy like they treated me, just couldn't. You should also know never to hire Thompson and McGinnis if you need attorneys.

March 14 2011 at 4:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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