Home Depot Complaint - Involuntarily let go
PUYALLUP, WASHINGTON -- I have been at the Home Depot almost 7 years and have worked in the electrical and the plumbing departments during my tenure. I have never received any negative counseling letters or notification and I had been recognized as employee of the month two times with notice of exceptional performance on at least 5 different occasions. The manager at the store along with the District manager has told me that they appreciate the hard work that I have produced over the years. The problem is this, myself along with another part time employee have been given the ultimatum to either work from 7pm to 1200 midnight, work Saturdays or they cannot use us anymore. My coworker and myself have primary jobs where we rise at 0500 hrs every weekday to prepare for work. I work with the Corps of Engineers and have changed my alternate work schedule from ever other Friday off to working five days a week, 8 hours a day to accommodate Home Depot. I have heard it through some assistant managers as well as some department head managers that the store wages are high and that “something” needs to be done about it. I know for a fact that Brett and myself are in the $18.00-$1900 range. It appears that they are putting Brett and I in a position to be forced to leave. This is not within my financial obligations. I started working there because I have child support requirements and I planned on working there until my son, who is now 11, is done with college. I understand that there was a ruling by the Supreme Court in reference to age discrimination as well as wage discrimination about a month or two ago. If this is the case and anyone in the country is experiencing anyhing like this there may be a class action law suit against the Home Depot.
Since myself and my co-worker have been let go I have been informed from store employees that there have been numerous complaints in the store from customers and other associates by not having the technical expertise that we once provided. It's ashame to see a company that was once so family oriented to now being a company who's ONLY primary concern is the mighty dollar. And on one last note. The manager of the store had told me that it was an ENTIRE Home Depot policy which would not allow for part timers to work the hours that I once did (5:30-10:30pm). He tried to back step on that one after I contacted other stores in the area who stated that those changes were at the desretion of the manager. I must say that even the night crew was always amazed that on the nights we worked there never was another derpartment that would have as much downstocking done, the decks all cleaned, the department fronted and all BEAR carts done prior to our leaving for the evening. To bad that I must now provide my professional services to one of their competitors. And on one last note. Did ANYONE look to see what my potential was on bringing in more money to the Home Depot through the company that I'm associated with. The federal goverment spends allot of money and Ft. Lewis will be growing tremendously in the next 10 years. Why Home Depot, Why? You paid me good money, but you also recieved more from me and my co-worker in ways that were exemplified by your customers. Did it really hurt to keep us on the payroll?