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Becky in Thibodaux, Louisiana

56 months ago

jf24 in New Orleans, Louisiana said: I worked for HD for six years and was recently fired for minimum safety reasons.I was a floor supervisor and training for Assistant store mgr. When I started working for HD I was going to LSU and they were cooperative with my work schedule to allow for my school classes.I was promoted to floor supervisor about a year ago and was training for Asst store mgr,so I quit school as my duties were too complex to continue school.They have spies in the store to find some little nothing to get you fired when you are making $17.00 hr.The store mgr.asst mgr.or the district mgr.sat back on their dead bottoms and never backed me up as whoever reported this sleazy incident went straight to corporate.This was a slap in the face for me as I worked my tail off to get where I was not to mention quitting my education.I will not recommend anyone to work for HD as they absolutely don't appreciate experienced employees.After getting over the shock I can thank them for the termination as I am going back to school and finish the 60 hours I have to get a degree and HD can go to you know where.Good luck for those who are still with HD as they sure need best wishes working for this CO.
Stick to the books young man and forget about your misfortune with HP.The best of luck to you.

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Becky in Thibodaux, Louisiana

56 months ago

OK guys,let's get off the subject of unions as neither of you are making any headway.Your bickering is getting a bit boring.It is my belief that this site specifically is about getting fired at HP.My personal opinion is that you have said enough about the unions.
Thank You !!

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retiredhd in hoffman estates, Illinois

56 months ago

We had a plumber(state certified master plumber)at my store that was hired as a plumbing specialist. Recently, he was told since he was making so much money; he would have to act as assistant department manager. He told them if he wanted to manage that he would have stayed in business as a plumber---bottom line they fired the most helpful plumbing guy I have ever seen the last week of May. More for less---welcome to home deephole! Becky you don't want to hear about unions---you suggest a solution to this kind of situation, I think we all would like a easy painless solution to safeguard good employees. It does very little good to tell the story without discussing a solution.

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Becky in Thibodaux, Louisiana

56 months ago

I am familiar with unions from the past as my husband was a union member for 20 years and they were great for backing up their members and the union dues were small considering the kind of money they were paid while working.I don't know how they are today as they might have changed since my husband was working.I just think discussions that have been made between you and another member is not getting anywhere and it is getting a bit boring to me.If this is all you have to do,then go right ahead,as I along with a number of people will not read any more of the union discussions.this is supposed to be a country of free speech,so have at it.Good Luck and have a very nice day.!!!!!

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no union at HD in Virginia

56 months ago

Becky I hear you. I guess the solution would be; buy your own warehouse and fill it with building supplies. Hire the people you want and know are good workers. Treat the customers better and put an end to home depot. We could be the big "purple" box, instead of the big "orange" box. Is that even realistic? Unless you want to arm all civilians with a pitchfork we the workers are backed into a corner.

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Becky in Thibodaux, Louisiana

56 months ago

I am not going to get into a discussion with you on this subject as I have had enough of all the idle talk.When I discuss a subject, I make statements on my past experiences and not what I hear.Thank you for your reply and you will receive no more replies from me.Hope you have a great day !!!

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retiredhd in hoffman estates, Illinois

56 months ago

Thank you Becky!

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Becky in New Orleans, Louisiana

56 months ago

You are welcome.

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hottwhls in Moreno Valley, California

56 months ago

I need to know of anyone over the age of 40 who has been at home depot for a few years making decent money who has been terminated this past year..please send email to hottwhls@msn.com with home depot in subject line.

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Ooogha in San Jose, California

56 months ago

My husband was 8 months shy of 40 when they fired him after over 15 years!! They knew what they were doing... Nail 'em!!!

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Longterm in Pennsylvania

56 months ago

It seems to me that they are getting rid of pay roll and terming people under customer service. I know of 2 Store Manager and as ASM all over 40yrs old and under customer service.

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Becky in New Orleans, Louisiana

56 months ago

I have a question and hpefully someone can answer.When you are fired from Home Depot what is a five rating due to being fired?

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Longterm in Pennsylvania

56 months ago

WHAT? Don't understand your question.

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Becky in New Orleans, Louisiana

56 months ago

Thank you,I appreciate your help.

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masterspec101 in Rancho Cucamonga, California

55 months ago

Our store just had a massive sweep of all the temps they recently hired. We lost like 9 associates in 2 weeks. Has anyone else seen this in their store?

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retiredhd in hoffman estates, Illinois

55 months ago

They are doing the same in Illinois---but they do this every year as a post summer reduction in employees. Also between now and September, they bury the knife in the back of any employees that they feel are not buying into the program.

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orangeokie in Patchogue, New York

53 months ago

Does anyone have the 'book' on SOP for HD.
Am looking for 3 strikes clause specifically.
Can someone post it without a copyright infringement.....reword it?
Read in one posting masterspec wrote that termination can be for three write-ups not all the same. I had one for lateness in the last year.
Being coached, not counseled, for lateness is considered a write-up?
Was terminated for 'undesirable interaction with a customer' based on a customers statement which I did not get to review and refute. Did she tell them she screamed and humiliated me...doubt it.
Please, if someone has SOP on termination, post it by rewording it.

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masterspec101 in Rancho Cucamonga, California

53 months ago

We just had an HR meeting about this, apparently some infractions have changed to major work rule violations and can be terminable with 1st offense. Anything to do with customer service falls into that category. I'll see if I can get some of the specifics tomorrow for ya. Because they did away with store HRs,they have this central legal dept that you have to call Pryor to terming someone, and they give you the exact terminology that you have to use to make the term stick. It's really weird.

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orangeokie in Patchogue, New York

53 months ago

Am looking for SOP prior to 09/13/2010. Companies must follow their own SOP when hiring or firing. If SOP states a person must be given 3 warnings before firing, then do it the right way.
And I beleive what you say about some legal dept. handling the way a termination is written so it sticks. My manager said he did not write the termination...someone else did. He sat and read it from the paper.I asked exactly what the technical reason was such as theft, code of conduct violation...and he could not answer...seemed dumbfounded...and smirking almost like...gotcha.
Rather vague.....assoc. are responsible for their own behaviors and the consequences that will result if those expectations are not met. Where is it spelled out what those expectations are? What is being ethical and professional...what exactly does that mean? How can you be professional when not given tools to work with such as updated catalogs. Broan is from, I think, 2005. When trying to handle 5 customers at a time what conclusions will they draw...we are not professional. HD will see more emps going 'air steward' and grabbing a beer while running out if they don't change policy on how mngrs get high bonuses which is partly by low labor costs. Change the equation.
Need 3 strike rules prior to 9/13 which is what would affect my situation...that were posted for all emps to see. How are emps supposed to know these rules BTW..myapron? Get caught reading my apron and boom. Thank you.

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Longterm in Pennsylvania

53 months ago

This is what you need to do! Call the AACG in Alt. They are the group of HR's the the writer is talking about. Tell them about your issue and they will look into it. There are 4 steps that should of been taken, however with a customer service issue you can be termed the first time. Call ALT. Tried to give you the phone. Ask to talk to a Manager in the AACG. Good Luck

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Nell in Columbia, South Carolina

53 months ago

Longterm in Pennsylvania said: This is what you need to do! Call the AACG in Alt. They are the group of HR's the the writer is talking about. Tell them about your issue and they will look into it. There are 4 steps that should of been taken, however with a customer service issue you can be termed the first time. Call ALT. Tried to give you the phone. Ask to talk to a Manager in the AACG. Good Luck

Atlanta is a joke. I gave them a list of customers and associates who witnessed my incident. They never interviewed or phoned any of them. They sat on their asses and merely asked the store mgr. if he wanted me back. PLUS, they played my recorded verbal statement to him. A total waste of time and just something to make employees think they have rights. I know first hand.

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orangeokie in Patchogue, New York

53 months ago

Spoke to John at AACG two days after I was termed. Said he was looking into my case. 8 messages later and he has yet to call back. Ethics? At least call back and say it is final and closed.
This is what I've learned in the last few days.....everything goes straight to Atlanta legal dept., unless there was violence involved. Only then does your local HR get involved by gathering statements. Seems true unless my local HR was lieing.
Was able to get all my personnel files except for those I did not sign. Unable to get the customers statement. Will have to do it through a supeona.
Was also told by HR local that this forum is monitored by HD. They can figure out who you are in most cases.
Been having trouble posting. Was told by Indeed there are flag words. What are they...don't believe I've ever used profanity. Am wondering if my posts are being reported as abuse? There are some curious goings on here.
Also learned our DM is sending in his family and friends to monitor emp customer dealings. His family is not on payroll. They are either recording or writing it down immdiately because it is verbatim.

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derotex in Cypress, Texas

47 months ago

Who at Home Depot devises the "Planogram" ? In our electrical department it couldn't be more complicated. If I would have arranged the electrical material in this fashion when I was a electrical contractor, my electricians would be looking for parts until noon. Wiring devices, boxes and conduit fittings are all disorganized and a maze. I have worked in department 27 for about 6 weeks now and I still have problems finding parts that I had in my hand 10 minutes before. If any HD big wigs reading this are interested, I can fix this problem in about a week with a couple of helpers. When we are short handed and customers are trying to find a part by them selves,they are almost always unable to locate the part with out help. The customer is frustrated and the associate is over worked trying to locate every part for every customer. Any body reading this?

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ExHDASDS in Carlsbad, California

47 months ago

RTV Associates are going away, IMA position has been changed to the BIA position with the new FIRST Phones.

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JC Mullbery in Reno, Nevada

47 months ago

About the best thing that can be said about Valiant, is that he is up front about how he handles things on the clock. Does he have ethical standards, or is he simply a company man? I leave that up to the panel to decide...

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mg222m in York, Pennsylvania

45 months ago

orangeokie in Patchogue, New York said: Am looking for SOP prior to 09/13/2010. Companies must follow their own SOP when hiring or firing. If SOP states a person must be given 3 warnings before firing, then do it the right way.
And I beleive what you say about some legal dept. handling the way a termination is written so it sticks. My manager said he did not write the termination...someone else did. He sat and read it from the paper.I asked exactly what the technical reason was such as theft, code of conduct violation...and he could not answer...seemed dumbfounded...and smirking almost like...gotcha.
Rather vague.....assoc. are responsible for their own behaviors and the consequences that will result if those expectations are not met. Where is it spelled out what those expectations are? What is being ethical and professional...what exactly does that mean? How can you be professional when not given tools to work with such as updated catalogs. Broan is from, I think, 2005. When trying to handle 5 customers at a time what conclusions will they draw...we are not professional. HD will see more emps going 'air steward' and grabbing a beer while running out if they don't change policy on how mngrs get high bonuses which is partly by low labor costs. Change the equation.
Need 3 strike rules prior to 9/13 which is what would affect my situation...that were posted for all emps to see. How are emps supposed to know these rules BTW..myapron? Get caught reading my apron and boom. Thank you.

No matter what a manager may tell you when an employee is fired.....HR quotes policy and can assure the manager that work rule violations have been properly met and that termination can be possible. I say possible because it is SOLELY and SPECIFICALLY the managers descretion no matter how many violations you may have. HE OR SHE HAS THE FINAL SAY. Remember that so you can plead to the mgr. It is not, not, not, H.R.'s decision. He can override any decision and keep you.

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disgustedindenver in Denver, Colorado

43 months ago

HD rewards ass-kissing, not hard work. Without adequate protection for the workers management singles out folks they like and rewards those whose nose is brown - all the way up to their shoulders. Anyone else is ignored.

Yes, I work for HD.

10 years ago they paid $15 to $18 an hour to floor sales employees and you could actually make a living. Today the real wages of floor sales folks is $10 an hour and Department Heads only make $12 to $14 an hour. They are gutting the middle class to hand more money to the filthy rich who own and run the stores.

How do you expect workers to have pride in their job when they need two jobs to just get by, while the rich are piling up wealth at a higher rate than any other time in history. Sitting on money collapses economies, paying the average Joe a decent wage and moving that money around is what drives vibrant economies.

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gay scapegoat in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

41 months ago

i was a lot attendant and was fired on my review for poor preformance. but i heard months before, even while i was being praised for doing a good job, that the new asm was looking to find reasons to "clean house" including finding frivolous reasons to generate failing reviews for employees. since i had one before in the past i was fired because you are only allowed to have one bad review.

seriously fired for "poor preformance". seriously, who gets fired for that reason. i wasn't even warned with write ups. i was motivated but somewhat disgruntled by the way some of the lot associates were treating me. but i really tried my best. i might have been late a few too many times, but was not even written up for the times i was late soon before i was fired.

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expeditormom

41 months ago

masterspec101 in Rancho Cucamonga, California said: see the parking lot is technically home depot property, but you can not go to subway for a sandwich

No. The Parking Lot belongs to the Landlord. But don't let them see you smoking in the lot or anywhere not "Designated" as a smoking area either...Even if your punched out for your lunch!! If the Mgmnt. team doesn't need you ...YOUR FIRED!!

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1Virginiagirl in Richmond, Virginia

40 months ago

James1963 in Parlin, New Jersey said: As SOP states: if you leave the building for a break you need to remove your apron and punch out. There is NOTHING that says you need to stick around for your break. lets get real here ppl. There must be consistancy in our stores. That is the problem. Not one store follows policy. There are favorites who get away with everything. We all need to set examples for one and other. Mgmt. shouldnt allow others to get away with breaking the rules ,ALL should be held accountable. I am sorry but the blame goes to upper mgmt. They put on a blind eye for some but not all. Perfect ex. I was approved holiday. Mgmt took away all approved holiday for everyone. Find out those who applied for holiday after myself and others were granted holiday off with pay. The favorites. Aware line knows about this. Ex. if you are going to get coffee for Mgmt. you dont need to punch out for breaks. Ex. No call no show more than one occasion for associate, no counseling, no write up, no documentation. Another calls out and gets written up even after drs. note submitted. HR really needs to hear what ppl have to say. Sitting in town hall meetings is not counter productive if no one comes up with a resolution.
MGMT. meetings: worthless. If dept heads dont know how to read or set adds, they shouldnt be in their position. HD needs to let dept heads do the job they hold them accountable for. We dont write our schedules, there is no room for creativity, our suggestions are always shrugged off, we dont have associates to delegate to so guess who does all the work. Definition of a Dept. Head: A person who takes the blame for all upper mgmt.

I am really interested in getting a copy of the HD employee handbook, aka, SOP. Usually, most companies present the handbook to employees when they're hired. Anyone know how to get a copy?

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1Virginiagirl in Richmond, Virginia

40 months ago

I am really interested in getting a copy of the HD employee handbook, aka, SOP. Usually, most companies present the handbook to employees when they're hired. Anyone know how to get a copy?

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orangeokie in Patchogue, New York

40 months ago

Why do you want or need a handbook? My handbook is from 2001 and it has been revised since then....they keep adding things like OR AT THE MANAGER'S discretion. This leaves things open to get away with doing whatever they please.

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wils123451 in flint, Michigan

36 months ago

I was fired yesterday ! When ever a customer was upset , misinformed etc , i was paged my review even stated "i was best person in the building at diffusing problems and handling difficult situations ", if locks need to be keyed or tool rental covered , i was called , I missed one team depot event in 3 years sometimes I was only one from my store there,I was never late , customers came and asked for me by name on a daily basis, I received awards last year for being in the top five sales associate in the district and opening 80 new commercial accounts ( more than the rest of the district combined )I was only person master pk certified in the store (pk expert in every department ) I actually loved coming to work. five to six months ago the new manager arrived, from his old store rumors of prejudice followed . With in a month of arriving at 2717 I was written up for a customer service issue , and every week or two he personally counseled me or added a new write up, Until i was terminated yesterday (I nodded to a customer and said hello instead of asking if i could help and walking the customer to the product). I am the fourth African American male in as many months to be terminated from this location, as i was being escorted out one of the associates remarked wow i guess he really is getting rid of them, but he s Mr home depot , i wonder how he got him ??

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wils123451 in flint, Michigan

36 months ago

pt 2

I called the aware line but they informed me that there was just too much documentation in my file , even tho it was all from the same period of time , it didn't matter. One of my former coworkers called today to inform me that all the pro desks in our area were being reduced to one ore two pasa's our desk was last to be reduced, the fact that i was black was just a bonus.
In the time i was there there were three store managers the first two spoke very highly of me and gave me the largest raises they could per their own admissions because i was a valuable asset. how can i go from there to terminated in just 4 months?

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wils123451 in flint, Michigan

36 months ago

1Virginiagirl in Richmond, Virginia said: I am really interested in getting a copy of the HD employee handbook, aka, SOP. Usually, most companies present the handbook to employees when they're hired. Anyone know how to get a copy?

yes

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HD lover in Athens, Texas

36 months ago

Liz_ in Alabama said: I just ran across this and have to ask to everyone who was terminated in these "odd" ways.
Did anyone call an attorney??

I hear you guys, but Home Depot PAYS you during your breaks, so that's why you aren't supposed to leave the store. And Hire & Fire at will means just that. Maybe you were making a lot of money and riding on your laurels instead of busting your bum. Home Depot is great for not letting people ride on their seniority and only basing promotions and such on performance.

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

36 months ago

All corporations suck, management is only concerned with their profit and stock price, none of them care about their employees.

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wils123451 in flint, Michigan

36 months ago

Derotex if i were to guess my record is probably better than yours, i excelled at every task i was given. I received awards and recognition by management all stating that i was above average at every aspect of my job.I also received sizable raises every year . The manager in question is being investigated by the eeoc for targeting people of color , in just four months almost half have been terminated., while at the same time you , a less than average employee are still employed ..? This has nothing to do with political affiliations and more to do with myself loosing a job that i truly enjoyed for no apparent reason, and no reaction or notice by my former employer

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haddrd in Houma, Louisiana

34 months ago

Yeah, kiss alot of ass if you expect to make it at home depot. That's one thing I couldn't stand about that job.

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

34 months ago

haddrd in Houma, Louisiana said: Yeah, kiss alot of ass if you expect to make it at home depot. That's one thing I couldn't stand about that job.

Without a union I think ass kissing is normal procedure just about anywhere you work. Personally I think most companies should be union, not necessarily for higher wages but so workers will have a little dignity on the job and not worry about being fired if you don't kiss ass.

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Johny Fired in Clementon, New Jersey

33 months ago

join on facebook Home Depot Targets....i was a victim after 14 yrs

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Johny Fired in Clementon, New Jersey

33 months ago

I worked for Home Depot for 14 years and was set up by management falsly accused and fired without explanation. I was making $23 hour and im over 50...and I agree there is much foul play going on at Home Depot every day. i too believe that the company is targeting individuals making money...and yes i know the policies because i was management...Home depots policies were made so vauge so that they can get rid of any one they want...I as a manager was asked to participate in the policy steam roller many times and refused...meaning set up associates according to policy to get rid of then because they were not liked or made too much money. I believe my refusals over the years to not participate made others uncomfortable that along with my age and income was seen as expendable...they fired you for bull..every manager in the company has done or dose on a daiuly basis exactly what you did...Home depot policies are made to suite Home depot when they choose or who they choose.If you are on facebook join Johnny Fired on Home Depot Targets...I believe you all and want your stories told...and I believe that if we get this out Legal people wanna hear it too.

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Johny Fired in Clementon, New Jersey

33 months ago

Facebook HOME DEPOT TARGETS join today I BELIEVE YOU I want to hear your stories and I intend when my sight is big enough the Legal world will want to hear all our stories around the country. I was a Depot manager for 14 yrs I know the policy's and I know the way they are used.I respect those whose oppinions support Home Depot,but I also believe you are in the dark room because you have not yet been a target. So please respect those who have been targeted and maybe they will respect your opinions,but unless you are out of a job,cant feed your family,may be loosing your home,cant pay your bills,and dont understand what really goes on in the Big orange box.Keep your support and opinions to yourself.What these people say are true I was a manager for 14yrs and seen it happen was asked to take part..OPEN YOUR EYES its every where.

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Johny Fired in Clementon, New Jersey

33 months ago

please join me on facebook at Home Depot Targets..your situation is not small..I was a manager for 14yrs and was set up and fired....im over 50 and made $20+.

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johnny fired in Clementon, New Jersey

33 months ago

join me on facebook at Johnny Fired then pages Home depot Targets...14yrs as a manager and was targeted..i believe your stories..

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johnny fired in Clementon, New Jersey

33 months ago

join me on facebook at Johnny Fired then access Home Depot Targets...you were fired by the policy steamroller....its unclear never explained and used daily to get rid of unwanted associates...i was a manager for 14yrs....and was a victim to these policies..join my page and speak out your not alone.

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johnny fired in Clementon, New Jersey

33 months ago

Too often Home Depot fires people using so called policies....but in most cases those policies only apply to people they want gone and are applied for some other reason they cant fire you for legally....the problem is all of us...we get on here and complain about Home Depot but what do we really do about it..NOTHING...I am guilty also but have decided to try to make a difference..get the word out there..get Legal folks interested...I ask you this...with all the stories we read and so many people being done wrong..WHY isnt there a class action suite...this suite would bring interest and big time press...and lawyers by the truck load...ill tell you why..because we give up and think there isnt anything we can do...and tolerate it..shame on us....join me on facebook Johnny Fired page Home Depot Targets..speak out be heard if we make this page huge people will take notice....spread the word..you been wronged by Home Depot and your not taking it....

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

33 months ago

tarheel00 in Batavia, Ohio said: If you worked there for 4+ years, you should know that you can't leave the property while you are on the clock. That is told to new associates at Orientation. Don't blame other people for the fact that you broke a clearly written and explained rule!

leaving the property or breaking a small rule is not a good reason to be fired.
Working retail sucks no matter where it is.
Managers are A-holes, that's just the way it is.
I retired from General Motors and worked at Lowe's for about 2 months, I quit when they were not willing to work with me concerning my work schedule. It's their way or no way.

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Shannon Hoffman in Spring Hill, Tennessee

33 months ago

johnny fired in Clementon, New Jersey said: Too often Home Depot fires people using so called policies....but in most cases those policies only apply to people they want gone and are applied for some other reason they cant fire you for legally....the problem is all of us...we get on here and complain about Home Depot but what do we really do about it..NOTHING...I am guilty also but have decided to try to make a difference..get the word out there..get Legal folks interested...I ask you this...with all the stories we read and so many people being done wrong..WHY isnt there a class action suite...this suite would bring interest and big time press...and lawyers by the truck load...ill tell you why..because we give up and think there isnt anything we can do...and tolerate it..shame on us....join me on facebook Johnny Fired page Home Depot Targets..speak out be heard if we make this page huge people will take notice....spread the word..you been wronged by Home Depot and your not taking it....

The problem is people need their jobs and employers control a big part of your life like it or not. Even if you quit a job the employer has the ability to give you a bad report to a prospective employer. The private employers are way worse than the government when it comes to having control over people. Directly or indirectly.

People will never organize a labor union in retail but that's what needs to happen.
People are stupid and if they don't have the balls to stand up to their employer or attempt to organize they deserve what they get. Without a union get used to doing a lot of ass kissing.

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GregoryGeczi in Hazlet, New Jersey

27 months ago

I totally know how you feel. I have experienced the same thing and am currently on a Professional Improvement Plan for the home depot after I got out of the hospital. They wrote me up because of my Massachuttes Accent, since my family is from Massachuttes and made untrue accusations about my performance. I am part time college student and have worked at the home depot for 2.5 years at 10.10 an hour, busting my ass. This company is truly corrupt.

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