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Frank Blake - Home Depot's Ethical Dilemma

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X-Depot

Clearwater, FL

#1 Jan 28, 2009
Frank Blake - Home Depot's Ethical Dilemma
Stock-Holder Calls for Termination of HD’s CEO Blake for His Part in Cover-Up of Employee Abuses

A Home Depot stockholder alleges Home Depot Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Francis S. Blake, and those under his direction with his full knowledge, committed numerous and egregious acts repeatedly breaching Home Depot's well documented and widely promoted Business Code of Conduct and Ethics as published in Home Depot's literature, Annual Report, Stock Prospectus and posted on Home Depot’s public website.

Home Depot, a publicly traded company under the symbol “HD”, has in place a Business Code of Conduct and Ethics for the protection of all employees/associates, managers and officers of the corporation. Home Depot’s “code” dictates ALL employees/associates, managers and officers must abide by the “code” or face severe disciplinary actions up to and including termination.

It is reasonable to expect the average person reading Home Depot's Business Code of Conduct and Ethics would take the “codes” at their face value. Here are the “codes”,(rules), they apply to all associates, managers and officers employed with the company. Home Depot drafted the “codes” and chose to promote them not only internally but to the buying and investing public. Home Depot has made the choice to publish the “codes” in their stock prospectus and on their public website.

Are these “codes” viewed by Home Depot management as mere marketing ploys to lull the unsuspecting potential employee, investor or consumer into thinking Home Depot provides for the fair and equitable treatment of employees - all employees?

The stockholder demanding Blake's termination maintains the ethics breaches were numerous, deliberate and so egregious a reasonable person would deem anything less than immediate termination of those involved, and those managers/officers that had direct knowledge of the infractions and did not intervene, as an offense to the employees, stockholders and customers of Home Depot.

The numerous documented violations of the Home Depot Business Code of Conduct and Ethics,(and some laws), include: falsification of company documents, forgery of wage verification documents, intimidation, harassment, violation of Home Depot's open door policy, retaliation, etc.

Mr. Blake was fully aware of all of the infractions as documentation clearly proves. Is it not his duty as the Chief Officer of Home Depot to insure Home Depot’s Business Code of Conduct and Ethics are upheld and employees, all employees, are protected under these codes of conduct and ethics?

Mr. Blake’s knowledge of the infractions and repeated failure to take corrective measures and disciplinary actions against the wrongdoers is in itself a terminable offense as a breach of Home Depot’s Business Code of Conduct and Ethics as stated clearly on the Home Depot website.

Mr. Blake’s full and documented knowledge of the wrongdoings and his repeated failure to take the required corrective measures indicate a demonstrable pattern of cover-up and abuse of power that sends a clear and disturbing message to employees, stockholders and consumers - the rules of ethics and fair treatment are promoted by, but not honored at, Home Depot.

In other words, Home Depot can’t be trusted - take your career, investment and purchases elsewhere.

Since: Oct 08

Newburyport, MA

#2 Jan 28, 2009
X-Depot wrote:
Frank Blake - Home Depot's Ethical Dilemma
Stock-Holder Calls for Termination of HD’s CEO Blake for His Part in Cover-Up of Employee Abuses
A Home Depot stockholder alleges Home Depot Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Francis S. Blake, and those under his direction with his full knowledge, committed numerous and egregious acts repeatedly breaching Home Depot's well documented and widely promoted Business Code of Conduct and Ethics as published in Home Depot's literature, Annual Report, Stock Prospectus and posted on Home Depot’s public website.
Home Depot, a publicly traded company under the symbol “HD”, has in place a Business Code of Conduct and Ethics for the protection of all employees/associates, managers and officers of the corporation. Home Depot’s “code” dictates ALL employees/associates, managers and officers must abide by the “code” or face severe disciplinary actions up to and including termination.
It is reasonable to expect the average person reading Home Depot's Business Code of Conduct and Ethics would take the “codes” at their face value. Here are the “codes”,(rules), they apply to all associates, managers and officers employed with the company. Home Depot drafted the “codes” and chose to promote them not only internally but to the buying and investing public. Home Depot has made the choice to publish the “codes” in their stock prospectus and on their public website.
Are these “codes” viewed by Home Depot management as mere marketing ploys to lull the unsuspecting potential employee, investor or consumer into thinking Home Depot provides for the fair and equitable treatment of employees - all employees?
The stockholder demanding Blake's termination maintains the ethics breaches were numerous, deliberate and so egregious a reasonable person would deem anything less than immediate termination of those involved, and those managers/officers that had direct knowledge of the infractions and did not intervene, as an offense to the employees, stockholders and customers of Home Depot.
The numerous documented violations of the Home Depot Business Code of Conduct and Ethics,(and some laws), include: falsification of company documents, forgery of wage verification documents, intimidation, harassment, violation of Home Depot's open door policy, retaliation, etc.
Mr. Blake was fully aware of all of the infractions as documentation clearly proves. Is it not his duty as the Chief Officer of Home Depot to insure Home Depot’s Business Code of Conduct and Ethics are upheld and employees, all employees, are protected under these codes of conduct and ethics?
Mr. Blake’s knowledge of the infractions and repeated failure to take corrective measures and disciplinary actions against the wrongdoers is in itself a terminable offense as a breach of Home Depot’s Business Code of Conduct and Ethics as stated clearly on the Home Depot website.
Mr. Blake’s full and documented knowledge of the wrongdoings and his repeated failure to take the required corrective measures indicate a demonstrable pattern of cover-up and abuse of power that sends a clear and disturbing message to employees, stockholders and consumers - the rules of ethics and fair treatment are promoted by, but not honored at, Home Depot.
In other words, Home Depot can’t be trusted - take your career, investment and purchases elsewhere.
I am certainly hopeful that things will come to this (these) irresponsible corporate dictators. Blake will ultimately be the fall guy who deserves everything to his demise. Many SM's, ASM's, and DM's fall under this category as well.
EXPO Associate

Boynton Beach, FL

#3 Jan 28, 2009
Yeah they are already trying to dupe people out of their rights. An associate that was scheduled to go on medical leave was told that any leave taken now would not be considered medical. What a joke. These HR yahoos that the company sent into to the stores to "help" the associates are giving BS lines so hopefully associates that don't know their rights will go away and just take the severance.

TO ALL ASSOCIATES AFFECTED BY THIS LAST LAYOFF: IF YOU ARE HAVING MEDICAL ISSUES YOU ARE ENTITLED UNDER THE FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT OF 1993 TO TAKE UP TO 12 WEEKS OF MEDICAL LEAVE FROM YOUR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT WITHOUT DISRUPTION OF YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE. IF YOU ARE PAYING INTO SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM DISABILITY YOU ARE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE YOUR BENEFITS EVEN IF THE DIVISION YOU WORK FOR IS NO LONGER IN OPERATION. YOU ARE STILL AN EMPLOYEE OF THE HOME DEPOT, INC AND THEY CANNOT DENY YOU THESE BENEFITS UNTIL YOU ARE OFFICIALLY TERMINATED!!! IF YOU ARE ON MEDICAL LEAVE THEY MUST ALLOW YOU TO COME BACK AND MAKE AN EFFORT TO SECURE ANOTHER POSITION IN ANOTHER DIVISION OF THE COMPANY. IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO THE SAME SEVERANCE PACKAGE THEY ARE OFFERING ALL THE ASSOCIATES AFFECTED NOW. DO NOT SIGN AND AGREE TO THE PACKAGE UNTIL YOU COME BACK FROM YOUR MEDICAL LEAVE IF YOU PLAN TO LEAVE THE COMPANY. THIS APPLIES TO PEOPLE THAT NEED TO TAKE MEDICAL LEAVE FOR THEMSELVES OR TO CARE FOR SICK FAMILY MEMBERS. THIS APPLIES TO FATHERS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PATERNITY LEAVE IF YOUR WIFE HAS HAD A BABY AND IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE. DON'T LET THEM TELL YOU YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. THIS IS THE LAW AND THEY CANNOT CIRCUMVENT IT!!! IF THEY GIVE YOU THE RUN AROUND TELL THEM YOU ARE CONTACTING THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FOR YOUR STATE AND A LAWYER AND WATCH THEM SCURRY AROUND BEFORE THEY TELL YOU THE TRUTH. DON'T BE DUPED BY BS'ers THAT JUST WANT YOU TO TAKE YOUR SEVERANCE AND GO AWAY.
Doug

Gilroy, CA

#6 Jul 22, 2011
Now you tell me after I retired a year and 4 months ago! The management at Gilroy, Ca store follows Blake's rules for radicals. Their number 1 rule is:
if there is no floor coverage then blame another employee in your department if a customer walks out!
It does not matter if the employee under suspect of
wrongdoing is not even on the clock or is the process
of going home. Just write him or her up without entering any details or names of witnesses, or even the time of day. The next rule for radicals is " If
it is written down on paper, it is the truth". So after 8 years of older worker ABUSE I retired. Bye!
Doug of Morgan Hill

Coyote, CA

#7 Aug 11, 2011
Now it is August 11, 2011. I am still retired. The
stock market has tanked for the tenth time in 3 weeks. So what has happened to HD? Has the government given Frank,s company more money to get
by on? YOU BETCHA! But I don't get nothin. I,m retired from that place because of cheap-ass management and old age related physical problems
at the age of 72. But HD is happy! You see they don't care about their older workers. In fact, they
look for ways to get them out of HD.
i need help

Sonora, TX

#8 May 14, 2012
can i become asm if my husband works at home depot also?? i dont know where to go to find the answer, can you help
mr_bitterman

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 May 19, 2012
if your husband is a manager at HD, then you will become one even faster. Good Luck with that.
mr_bitterman

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 May 19, 2012
severance??
6 Yr MAN

Wellesley, MA

#11 May 19, 2012
mr_bitterman wrote:
severance??
Yea what's with severance? You must be corporate. If you are it's sort of refreshing to know they don't discriminate in how they deal w/employees

Since: May 12

Santa Cruz, CA

#12 May 19, 2012
i need help wrote:
can i become asm if my husband works at home depot also?? i dont know where to go to find the answer, can you help
f your husband is a manager at HD, then you will become one even faster. Good Luck with that.
Wanda kielma

Dayton, OH

#13 Jul 2, 2012
Mr Frank Blake I was and still is. Dedicated employee even though I was terminated for no reason being rude excuse me I have never been rude I love this company and it's been very hard on me because until this day I don't know why the company that I love so much dismissed me no one has given me any answers if you could do that for me maybe I can understand what has happened I have given my all to this company I was and associate for over 23 years and it hurts my heart not to know why and i think I deserve that and no one will give me the reason other than rudeness I am never rude to no one I treat people with respect and don't understand what has happened please I beg you please help me please take your time to investigate this I love my company and I did nothing wrong nothing thank you wanda kielma
Wanda kielma

Dayton, OH

#14 Jul 2, 2012
Mr. Blake thank you
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not orange blooded

Sharon Center, OH

#15 Jul 30, 2012
Wanda kielma wrote:
Mr Frank Blake I was and still is. Dedicated employee even though I was terminated for no reason being rude excuse me I have never been rude I love this company and it's been very hard on me because until this day I don't know why the company that I love so much dismissed me no one has given me any answers if you could do that for me maybe I can understand what has happened I have given my all to this company I was and associate for over 23 years and it hurts my heart not to know why and i think I deserve that and no one will give me the reason other than rudeness I am never rude to no one I treat people with respect and don't understand what has happened please I beg you please help me please take your time to investigate this I love my company and I did nothing wrong nothing thank you wanda kielma
wanda----thats the universal termination reason home depot fires people with. they need a way to get rid of you, so that's what they came up with. your not the first one and certainly wont be the last. i'd like to see the number of people that have been terminated from this shit hole comanay because of "being rude to a customer". let's see your hands. yep, just as i thought. you were making too much money! you will realize that being fired from there was the best thing that could happen to you.
Wanda kielma

Dayton, OH

#16 Sep 19, 2012
I am sorry but I don't agree with this because I was a dedicated employee and I don't believe that I realize I am in a bad situation but I believe this can be turned around I did no wrong ! Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus stated no one would be left behind and I believe that totally! They built that and we done that! And as great leaders as they were I can't see them doing that to us, I worked several years 70 hrs a week and got paid for 40 to get ahead today they left me behind! And it isn't fair! Please help me! Wanda Kielma
Wanda kielma

Dayton, OH

#17 Sep 19, 2012
So Mr. Frank Blake you can't respond to this I know you! You met me personally at 6319 in Florida I am a great employee that gives 100 percent always have and always will ! So why dismiss me?
Wanda kielma

Dayton, OH

#18 Sep 19, 2012
I was walked out of Home Depot like a thief and stole nothing from Home Depot-nothing and still believed in the dream it's crazy that corporate America can do that to you! And never think about how many holidays you spent in the store to make things work! And if your love one is driving thru the parking
To to make aure you were at work because you are working 70 hours a week and getting paid for 40 ! We gave our all for this company and we have been demised ! So sad we built it ! And we believed in our founders and now we are left behind ! I stand behind this statement because it's true! Wanda Kielma
Wanda kielma

Dayton, OH

#19 Sep 19, 2012
How can you guys go to sleep at night knowing what you have done to us! It's not a business equation it's a belief in your founders that preached that to us everyday ! And we believed it! Wanda Kielma
rpm837

East Greenwich, RI

#20 Oct 22, 2012
20 yrs of my life went into that company only to be taken away?
I have seen so many changes in those years or perhaps "trial and error". The company cannot be trusted and not only have I seen many double standards happen, I survived them until my resent termination. That company says I no longer meet to there expectations. Now if you look into what has happened to me you may wonder why? Me too! There is more to what happens especially when the store you work is not making sales and some of the new programs are not working out(trial and error).
Easiest way to be profitable when not making sales is controlables and the easiest one to control is payroll. That is why! I miss my job... I did the best I could and the people I worked with knew it. Best of luck to HD, they need it now...
rpm837

East Greenwich, RI

#21 Oct 22, 2012
I still miss my job...
rpm837

East Greenwich, RI

#22 Oct 22, 2012
Wanda kielma wrote:
Mr Frank Blake I was and still is. Dedicated employee even though I was terminated for no reason being rude excuse me I have never been rude I love this company and it's been very hard on me because until this day I don't know why the company that I love so much dismissed me no one has given me any answers if you could do that for me maybe I can understand what has happened I have given my all to this company I was and associate for over 23 years and it hurts my heart not to know why and i think I deserve that and no one will give me the reason other than rudeness I am never rude to no one I treat people with respect and don't understand what has happened please I beg you please help me please take your time to investigate this I love my company and I did nothing wrong nothing thank you wanda kielma
Controlables!!! Me too...

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