Home Depot Is a Horrible Place to Work, and Has a HORRID HR Dept.
PORTLAND, OREGON -- A few key points of back story:
I dated a guy I worked with (Henceforth known as Gary, not his real name.)who is a serial emotional abuser, and has caused multiple situations at work... I broke up with Gary.
I filed a complaint with HD about his horrible and disrespectful behavior towards me and other people at work, and informed them about his compulsive lying and how I was worried that he would file a report with false allegations against me.
Gary went nuts, tried to HIT ME WITH HIS CAR. Luckily, I dodged well enough to not get hit. I called the police, police tell me there is nothing they can do because a) I didn't call 911 when it happened and B) he didn't actually hit me, despite his tries.
I told work about the incident with the car, and said I did not feel comfortable working in the same building with him where I have nothing to protect myself with. Work has since done everything they can to push me out, conducting a witch hunt against me, (writing me up for every little thing, but not punishing others for the same minor transgressions, etc.),
Had a meeting with the District HR, who told me that Gary did file a complaint against me (which was filled with false allegations), and when I asked when it was filed, they said it was filed 2 days before mine, which was not possible because he was on vacation and out of the store. It turns out they held on to my complaint for 2 days, and sent his complaint in before mine. The HR woman was very accusatory in her tone, and kept blaming me for the situation. Then the HR woman told me "(Direct quote) It sounds like I was on the bad end of a bad break up, and it looks like I'm trying to get retribution through the store, and I need to leave it up to the higher power that (NOT IF) I believe in." I was floored.
I told a few friends of mine about the incident with the cars, and the HR meeting, mostly to get their perspective on whether or not I was overreacting and what I should do, and how displease I was with the process. Someone apparently overheard and complained about my attitude towards Home Depot and Gary.
Then, today, I got a final write up (one step away from being fired) because I wasn't showing Gary respect. By telling someone the truth about what happened to me, I wasn't showing Gary respect. They also included that me expressing my displeasure with the Home Depot is not being respectful either. I responded with "RESPECT??? RESPECT??? HE TRIED TO HIT ME WITH HIS CAR. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP" and the idiot manager responded with "Well, if I did something bad, I wouldn't appreciate people at work talking about it either".
I have always been the best in my department at what I do, and in fact despite being massively understaffed, I get most of the work done ahead of time. I have been there 6.5 years, and I have a history of being truthful and reliable, whereas Gary has a history of constantly being late, rude and lying to and about people at work. They are actively protecting him, and I think that is disgusting.