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  • Submitted: Tue, December 23, 2008
  • Updated: Sun, February 01, 2009

  • Reported By:Sharon Massachusetts
Lowes
201 Washington St Plainville, Massachusetts U.S.A.

Lowes Wrongfully terminated after being the RECIPIENT of a sexual advance Plainville Massachusetts

*General Comment: One thing Lowes doen't need, is HR Managers

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Similar experience

*Consumer Suggestion: Seek A Lawyer ASAP!

*Author of original report: Lowes wrongful termination update

*Consumer Comment: Contact the EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION

*Consumer Suggestion: Mike, you should post full names of all involved, and dates and times of events, and store# and address

*Consumer Comment: Get a lawyer and sue

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I was a management trainee in this Lowes location with a stellar performance record. A lower-level employee tried to kiss me at one point in a secluded area of the store. I reeled back in disgust and left the area. On my next scheduled work day, the employee's supervisor approached me and apologized on behalf of her employee and asked if I would NOT report this incident to human resources. I agreed. Two hours later, the employee and her supervisor reported ME as the agressor and filed a complaint.

I was questioned by the Area HR supervisor and terminated several days later. I petitioned the Regionial HR supervisor for a review of my case and asked REPEATEDLY for the opportunity to take a lie-detector test to confirm my version of these events. I was notified several days later that my termination would stand.

With no witnesses to this event and completely opposing stories, I suspect Lowes chose to terminate the gender which had the greatest STATISTICAL probability of having commited the harassment. Meanwhile, a career is snuffed out, a reputation is irrevocably damaged, and the perpetrator of the harassment suffers no consequences.

Is this fair?

Mike
Sharon, Massachusetts
U.S.A.

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#1 General Comment

One thing Lowes doen't need, is HR Managers

AUTHOR: Bob Miller - (USA)

I have a son who worked for Lowes for 10 years. He was fired for a stupid reason and we tried to deal with Lowes CEO and the headquarters human resources manager.  I will tell you, I feel real sorry for you, I don't know if a lawyer would help. 

But I will tell you that if you think there is any way of working this out with Lowes HR people, your are completely wrong.  The Lowes headquarters manager staff will circle the wagons and you the the evil indian will be shot down.  I can say one thing for them, they do stick together. THEY GOT TOO.

My son would talk about the new HR store managers, Lowes would hire, some young college girl, just out of college, who had a new diploma and an attitude.  Go out to eat with the store manager and spend about 90% of her time in her office talking to her boy and girl friends on her cell phone (not the company phone) and buffing her nails.  If you asked her for anything she would say, NO, she knew that if she said NO, she wouldn't and couldn't get into trouble with Lowes Headquarters.

Consider yourself LUCKY!  You got out of Lowes before you lost a lot of your life with them. There is no such thing as loyality with Lowes.   Anyone who thinks that you will and can have a career with Lowes are kidding themselves.  There are no set rules with Lowes, they change their rules every day for their benenfit not yours.   As one, long time, Lowes store manager told me. "Lowes Headquarters people, treat me and the rest of the people in the store, like we are trailer trash."  Just think, these are the people who do the actual work and make the real money for Lowes.  Lowes works like a septic tank, but in reverse.  S**t settles at the top at Lowes, think about it.

Go into the internet and google in "law suites against lowes", "clash of the home - improvement titians","people who hate lowes" ripoff reports" and you will find many ex-employees who feel just like you, cheated, mistreated, wronged and robbed by Lowes.  Good luck you will need it in this economy.

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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Similar experience

AUTHOR: Cris - (U.S.A.)

i think the persons name is Doherty. she was the hr person when I was in bridgewater. she did the same thing there to a friend of mine that worked in another store. he couldnt sue because he couldnt afford a lawyer. it might be too late but if you sue maybe you could get his job back. the hr persons not there any more. i think she moved. good luck
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Seek A Lawyer ASAP!

AUTHOR: Cnb - (U.S.A.)

I am sorry about your experience. What a raw deal during the Holidays. I am willing to bet that this employee and supervisor filed the claim to cover their rear ends. You need to seek and attorney asap. They will tell you that it is important to not let to much time elapse. Your attorney should be able to obtain the store video footage that may proove that you were not the one making the advances. I hope this helps but I can not stress enough to contact an attorney.
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#4 Author of original report

Lowes wrongful termination update

AUTHOR: Mike - (U.S.A.)

At the request of a reader, my previously logged incident did not include these details:
Timeline:
Hired - 8/25/08 as a management trainee (Operations Mgr)
Harrasment by employee - 11/18/08
Scheduled days off - 11/19/08 & 11/20/08
Discussion with employee's supervisor - 11/21/08 @ 6:00am
1st interview with Area HR manager (Dawn Daugherty) - 11/21/08
2nd interview with Area HR manager - 11/25/08
Termination - 11/26/08
1st discussion with Regional HR manager (Mary Raddant) - 12/1/08
2nd discussion with Regional HR manager - 12/4/08

What complicates this issue are the following factors:

- Dawn Daugherty previously attempted to solicit me into the HR field when I was working for another company. After turning her down, she shelved my application and made it clear that I would not / could not enter Lowes at any position higher than a Zone manager. (I was subsequently hired as an Operations manager; one position higher than Zone manager)

- After completing a human resource seminar, Dawn Daugherty (who was not present) repeated portions of a conversation that I had had with a seminar facilitator and tried to leverage that conversation as justification for not allowing me to advance in the Lowes company as planned.

- The store HR manager was aware of an upcoming block of military training (5 months min) and a potential upcoming deployment (1 year) which would place an inconvenience on Lowes scheduling and management coverage.

- The employee who made a pass at me, has been involved in at least one other complaint against a Zone manager about sexual impropriety, although she was not directly involved in the impropriety. That Zone manager was NOT terminated as I was, but was transferred to another store, per Lowes policy.

- I think it can be easily argued that the person conducting the investigation (Dawn Daugherty) was biased, made a hasty judgement, may have weighed the upcoming inconvenience of my military obligations along with the statistical tendency of males being the perpetrator in 75% of harrasment claims and terminated me, rather than transferring me to another store per Lowes policy.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Contact the EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION

AUTHOR: Laurie - (U.S.A.)

As well as get some legal advice on your own first.
It always helps to have some outside counsel before you contac the Government.
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#6 Consumer Suggestion

Mike, you should post full names of all involved, and dates and times of events, and store# and address

AUTHOR: Steve - (U.S.A.)

Mike,

The only way to turn up the heat on a wrong doing is to post exact details here.

This means full names, times and dates, and the store#/address and phone #'s, etc.

This is the only way you will put some fire under them to do the right thing.

Also file USDOL complaints and EEOC complaints, etc.

The only place you goofed is not filing a report immediately to protect yourself.
The nice guy rarely wins.

Good luck!
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#7 Consumer Comment

Get a lawyer and sue

AUTHOR: Charles - (U.S.A.)

Get a lawyer & sue the supervisor & the lying employee. Look's like the supervisor abused her powers which Is common these days all around the country.

Lowes can be held libel for wrongful terminantion, they probally didn't like ya you & this was there way of getting rid of you.

This Is why the unemployment rate Is being high, anyone can lie about you. That Is what Is going on these days. Its very sad they do this to people. They are scum.
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