Ethics, NO Home at the Depot!

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Robert Blatchford in St Petersburg, Florida

67 months ago

Ethics, NO Home at the Depot!
Home Depot is out of stock when it comes to the ethical treatment of employees.

Home Depot over the past year or so has been under fire for unsafe and illegal workmanship from its "At Home Services" division, sending known sex offenders to people’s homes to perform services, improper handling of hazardous waste and declining overall customer service ratings has recently come under fire regarding its hiring practices and unethical, retaliatory and discriminatory treatment of employees.

On numerous occasions managers have lied to prospective employees, inflated potential earnings and advancement opportunities and covered up such misdeeds with intimidation and threats of termination. Managers would tell prospective employees what they want to hear just to get “aprons on the floor”.

Home Depot publicly claims to treat all employees fairly and with respect touting its “Core Values” and “Code of Ethics” all the while operating in a manner largely foreign to these two codes. Employees are required to wear a wheel-shaped embroidered badge attached to their trademark orange aprons promoting the Home Depot “Core Values”. It is referenced on Home Depot’s website and in the company’s annual report which is sent to stockholders and potential investors stating how Home Depot treats all employees fairly and with respect. However when you speak to the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of employees who have experienced less than fair treatment at the hands of Home Depot’s management, you find the “Code of Ethics” and “Core Values” are nothing more than a marketing ploy. Posted online, printed in literature, displayed on large posters in the employee lounges and virtually stapled to the aprons of the workforce, the “Core Values” are everywhere except in the actual day to day running of the company.

How many other employees have received unethical treatment at the hands of Home Depot's management?

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