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Janet

86 months ago

I was worked as a cashier for Home Depot for almost a year in which older women who somehow accused of things and fired. I am older and when the season slowed, instead of being laid off, I was accused of having checks missing and errors. I had to dispute their bogus claim for unemployment and I won. HD continues to do this. Walk in a Home Depot there are older men, but you don't see any older women. It is well known that Home Depot practices discrimination.

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Call me Charlie in Louisville, Kentucky

86 months ago

Janet said: Walk in a Home Depot there are older men, but you don't see any older women.

Aside from the cashier issue, the reason you see more older men than women is because of the products they carry and the way they merchandise.

Like it or not, if a person goes into a do-it-yourself store and needs help finding home repair products or advice on what to buy to handle some problem involving the maintenance of a house, he/she is not likely to trust the advice of an old woman. It isn't discrimination, it is a matter of most home repair work has always been done by the man of the house.

Consider this, if you went into a store to buy a bra or things for a newborn grandbaby or to purchase a wedding gown for your granddaughter wouldn't you be a bit skeptical if a male employee in a tee shirt and suspenders walked up to help you?

It doesn't mean a man can't know anything about a bra nor that a woman can't be an expert on home repairs. It is just a matter of expectations.

In a place like Home Depot. Those boxes you see above your head have to be lifted up there and back down constantly. It isn't the job for an old woman. Like it or not, men (even older ones) have more upper body strength and that is a vital part of the job in a place like that.

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la jonez in Denver, Colorado

57 months ago

Janet said: I was worked as a cashier for Home Depot for almost a year in which older women who somehow accused of things and fired. I am older and when the season slowed, instead of being laid off, I was accused of having checks missing and errors. I had to dispute their bogus claim for unemployment and I won. HD continues to do this. Walk in a Home Depot there are older men, but you don't see any older women. It is well known that Home Depot practices discrimination.

Hi,
You see older men at Home Depot but they only work part time (unless they have been with Home Depot for more than 10 years). No one over the age of 50 is ever given anything more than part time work and they are never allowed to become Dept Heads. Age discrimmination is alive and well at Home Depot!!!

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ImHarry in Placentia, California

45 months ago

Looks like someone is taking us seriously. Look what I found from Deskin Law Firm - they "are investigating whether there are other current or former employees of The Home Depot who believe they were treated unfairly based on their age."

Interesting!
deskinlawfirm.com/home_depot_employment_practices_questionnaire

Harry

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southern in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

44 months ago

I am age 58. Been with THD for over 4 years. I am full time. However you can forget getting any sort of a promotion....even to DH. THD will not promote people like me who are older. I have an excellent work record....employed by the same company before coming to THD for over 32 years.....but that does not count for anything at THD.

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retiredhd in hoffman estates, Illinois

43 months ago

If you are over 60-- they promote you to part time or to customer. I know because i was there 5 years and am now retired but not my choice.

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jspikes in Batesville, Arkansas

32 months ago

Call me Charlie in Louisville, Kentucky said: Aside from the cashier issue, the reason you see more older men than women is because of the products they carry and the way they merchandise.

Like it or not, if a person goes into a do-it-yourself store and needs help finding home repair products or advice on what to buy to handle some problem involving the maintenance of a house, he/she is not likely to trust the advice of an old woman.

Okay, I joined this just to address your comment.... I am 48 and I bet if you met me, you wouldn't turn this old lady away; however, I do work at THD and I am very informed of all aspects concerning home (residential) and commercial construction...not hard to understand wire A goes here and an elbow is needed here or a screw or nail holds the floor in place. Home construction is not rocket science, so most of the people, old or young` male or female know a great deal about all of the products we sell. I work in Decor, but find myself in electrical or plumbing, helping plumbers and electricians solve their problems.... and the "heavy" boxes I, Gail, Jane, Janice, Tammy, and Donna lift them all day long, everyday, week in and week out! When you visit our store, say hello, I will be more than happy to help you with your home repair problems.... and I find I am usually always very well informed. By the way, you should look into Kathy Griffin vs. Home Depot.....

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Pam in Little Rock, Arkansas

26 months ago

jspikes in Batesville, Arkansas said:

You tell him jspikes. I'm older, I can plumb, do electrical, lay tile and flooring, pick up boxes, tell you what is junk and what works. I've remodeled two houses. I do trim work and have more tools than most men. SORRY CHARLIE you don't know what you are talking about buddy.

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Sadened and tramatized in Escondido, California

24 months ago

As a long term employee, I have had the unfortunate experience of witnessing dozens of coworkers get terminated. Maybe it is just a coincidence that the vast majority are over 40. Mainly over 50. All of the terminations have followed an extensive(4 hour or more) "interview" with loss prevention and a member of management. They did not have anyone to represent or advise them of their rights. Nor did the Home Depot value wheel have any bearing on the way they were treated. I do not understand the need to put people through the wringer. This is a right to work state. If they do not see the value of seasoned employees,terminate them without the drama and beat down. The vast majority finally collected unemployment after an extended battle. I know everyday could be my last. Not conducive to productivity.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

24 months ago

Sadened and tramatized in Escondido, California said: [California] is a right to work state.
The "age discrimination" heading of this discussion caught my attention.

I don't have a dog in this fight but I agree with everything you say regarding Home Depot's apparent treatment of over-40 employees. However, Kalifornia is not a right-to-work state (www.nrtw.org/rtws.htm). You may be confusing right-to-work with at-will employment. "Right-to-Work" is a union issue. "At-will" employment is an employment relationship issue, separate and apart from unions.

At-will employment (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At-will_employment) allows either employer or employee to terminate their employment relationship at any time without notice. To the detriment of employees, every state has adopted at-will employment. However some states, including California, have exceptions for covenants of good faith and fair dealing within at-will employment - for all the good it's apparently doing for Home Depot workers there.

I use "apparent" because I don't know for sure, but IMO I would doubt these terminations are anything but coincidence. It's beyond deplorable how employers treat older employees.

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Sadened and tramatized in Escondido, California

24 months ago

Unemployed--You are right of course. My point is that the way they go about the whole process is unnecessary for any reason other than job security for loss prevention(what a joke) and management. They want maximum productivity, but resent paying for experience. The policy of constantly raising the bar forces us to do more and more with less and less. I know that I am physically replaceable through constant reminders.
But I also know that 2 kids can not replace my years of experience and knowledge. Home Depot and lots of other employers tend to overlook the fact that their customers want that knowledge and experience.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

24 months ago

Sadened and tramatized in Escondido, California said: My point is that the way they go about the whole process is unnecessary for any reason other than job security for loss prevention(what a joke) and management.
No doubt about it.

It is a pity that age discrimination laws already on the books are not enforced. If the government were to enforce these laws, employers would have all the skilled workers they need instead of whining about the (apparent) lack of skilled workers in this country. Moreover, by not enforcing age discrimination laws the government has unwittingly created a vast underclass of people who has become increasingly dependent on it for survival. Republicans AND Democrats are equally culpable for not enforcing these laws. Their non-action is unconscionable.

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Sadened and tramatized in Escondido, California

24 months ago

I have over 30 years of experience. I grossed almost a million dollars in sales last year. I am on course to gross more than a million dollars this year. My gross pay is less than 40k. Out of that, I paid 8,500 in medical insurance premiums. Not to mention taxes that both political parties gleefully threw away on who know what. That leaves me supporting a family of 6 at slighty above the poverty level in CA. I can look forward to a .25 per hour raise if I am lucky. I think I am a relatively inexpenive asset. But, I am viewed by my under 40 managers as a liability due to my age and "huge" paycheck.

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Joe Gagill in Ellenville, New York

24 months ago

I see it now a little with age discrimination.

I'm early 40's.

They ask you questions like, "So I see you graduated from NYU University, I had a friend graduate there, what year did you graduate?" (They didn't really.)

Bite me!

Or during the phone interview, "Your resume goes back 12 years, did you have any jobs before that?"

Why???

Again bite me!

I don't understand why there is A D.

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Happy and 'Relieved in Escondido, California

17 months ago

Sadened and tramatized was me 6 months ago. I fell slightly short of the million dollar mark. In the last 6 months, I have received several awards for customer service including Platinum, double Gold, MVP in my department and gold award in sales. I just got fired for 2 violations--one of which was 6 months ago and the other was a district policy that is not a corporate policy. I was threatened, harassed, blatantly lied to and illegal detained for hours. I was thrilled to walk out of there with my head held high, no escort to never ever have to return. I was 55, full time and made more than some...34K was my gross last year. Sad to lose my paycheck and health insurance due to the crazy cost of cobra---they tack a hefty administrative fee on the cost. However with vastly lowered stress levels and no longer fearing the worst, I might not need the meds that kept me from stroking out. If you have a heart and care about other people, this is NOT the place for you. Goodbye to all of my friends which includes many customers that were fun to work with and kind.

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barb49 bandy in Phoenix, Arizona

17 months ago

I too was fired recently. I had just been injured and currently working with Worker's Comp to get returned to full employment. After 10 years of celebrated work as a Kitchen Designer with the Depot to be treated this way. Shame shame. If you know anyone else, particularly Kitchen Designers who were injured and then fired, please let me know.

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Happy and 'Relieved in Escondido, California

17 months ago

I worked at the Pro desk and did Kitchen Design. Age?

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barb49 bandy in Phoenix, Arizona

17 months ago

Happy and 'Relieved in Escondido, California said: I worked at the Pro desk and did Kitchen Design. Age?

59. Do you know if they recently removed all office chairs (rolling chairs) from your kitchen design showroom?

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Former Cash Cow in Escondido, California

16 months ago

>barb49bandy They do not want anyone to sit down. Nothing would surprise me. At the Pro Desk, they made us stand on the customers side of the desk for Customer first. Very hard when you're back is to the customer. I was not injured,but had the nerve to sit down when I was doing a Kitchen design. Everyone is forced to stand out on the race tracks rather than standing on stress mats or using (God forbid) a chair. Hours of standing on bare concrete takes a huge toll on feet, legs and backs. HD is one big happy family as long as you are fresh faced and part time. COBRA is a joke. I cried and then laughed after receiving my 1st bill which I will not be paying. I discovered that I can go to decent low cost clinics and get $4.00 meds at WalMart. Comes out to a lot less than I paid as an employee,let alone COBRA. Get an attorney. Talk to other former employees. In my area, it is a huge coincidence that the vast majority are over 50. It's kind of ironic that the president of HD is a senior.

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