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Since: Jun 12

Stanley, NC

#1 Jan 17, 2013
Who do I contact at Corporate Headquarters regarding possible age discrimination? I don't necessarily want to file a complaint with EEOC at this point and drag Lowe's through the mud. I'm just wondering if there is someone within the company with whom to discuss my concerns. If you can provide the department (or person) along with the number, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
ex-Resident

Fall River, MA

#2 Jan 17, 2013
Should you start with your HR?

Since: Jun 12

Irmo, SC

#3 Jan 17, 2013
ex-Resident wrote:
Should you start with your HR?
My HR is the person who did the discriminating.
drfabs

Fair Oaks, CA

#4 Jan 17, 2013
Be careful. I made a complaint about age discrimination and they retaliated by demoting me, cutting my pay, and making my life miserable until I finally quit. Even though I am in a better place, I don't recommend it if you want to continue to be employed by Lowe's.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#5 Jan 17, 2013
drfabs wrote:
Be careful. I made a complaint about age discrimination and they retaliated by demoting me, cutting my pay, and making my life miserable until I finally quit. Even though I am in a better place, I don't recommend it if you want to continue to be employed by Lowe's.
See and that's ridiculous. Isn't retaliation grounds for termination? Although I know what you mean about making your life miserable until you quit. Seems to be what they're trying to do at quite a few stores to many employees.
Pat

Duluth, GA

#6 Jan 18, 2013
You need to file with EEOC. We made many complaints to corporate with no results. Several of us got an attorney. The 1st thing he did was file a complaint with EEOC. Next is a lawsuit. The SM has been fired. Two ASM's are still there.
inside edition

United States

#7 Jan 18, 2013
File with eeoc. If Lowe's retaliates you tell eeoc. And please...if the shoe was on the other foot? Lowes would LOVE to drag your name through the mud. Going to corp. will get you nowhere or fired. And when you file with eeoc..keep your mouth shut and tell no one. You have 180 days to file from date of occurence.
inside edition

United States

#8 Jan 18, 2013
And if you're from charleston w.v...??? I know who you can talk to there.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#9 Jan 18, 2013
Contacting anyone at Corporate is worthless. All they'll do is fax your complaint right back to your HR and SM and tell them they need to deal with it.

Same thing with the "ethics" hotline..they claim to start an investigation, but nothing ever happens from them. Useless

You really need to go to EEOC and make sure you have all the documentation set.
Blowes

Montgomery, AL

#10 Jan 18, 2013
Lowe's doesnt care. You're just a number. Calling corp. will do nothing. Trust me. I got wrote up 31 days after something happened. Called my area HR MGR and she didnt do squat.

Since: Jun 12

United States

#11 Jan 19, 2013
Thanks for your feedback, everyone. I appreciate it. I've been trying to go full-time for over two years. I get interviews here and there, but never a job offer. My job performance is fine. I've had stellar reviews. I just can't figure out what's going on.
countrygirl

Windsor, CT

#12 Jan 19, 2013
I'll tell you what's going on; same crap as at our store. HR loves the new pretty young girls who move up or get the jobs while the older associates do most of the work and bust their bums with no raises to speak of or promotions or full time status; its not what you know, its WHO you know. If HR and the SM like you and you're young, you're in. If you're older, you get nothing.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#13 Jan 19, 2013
countrygirl wrote:
I'll tell you what's going on; same crap as at our store. HR loves the new pretty young girls who move up or get the jobs while the older associates do most of the work and bust their bums with no raises to speak of or promotions or full time status; its not what you know, its WHO you know. If HR and the SM like you and you're young, you're in. If you're older, you get nothing.
Country girl is so exactly right. I know of a store where the HR and the Admin are racists and no one gets anywhere or does anything unless rhey are Hispanic.
countrygirl

Newton Center, MA

#14 Jan 19, 2013
There isnt a problem with racism in our store, but the Admin & front end Mgr. are friends with so many of the young kids and they DO eat lunch and party with so many of them outside of work; they honor time off requests or accommodate their schedules so they can work their OTHER jobs. I thought LOWES was supposed to take FIRST preference for hrs, and yet these mgrs. will accommodate their favorites so they can either work their other jobs, have off when they want, call off or be late and they get no discipline when they screw up. Theres no place to go for justice;its just so darn unfair. There should not be cliques that involve mgrs. but there ARE!!!

Since: Dec 12

Location hidden

#15 Jan 19, 2013
countrygirl wrote:
There isnt a problem with racism in our store, but the Admin & front end Mgr. are friends with so many of the young kids and they DO eat lunch and party with so many of them outside of work; they honor time off requests or accommodate their schedules so they can work their OTHER jobs. I thought LOWES was supposed to take FIRST preference for hrs, and yet these mgrs. will accommodate their favorites so they can either work their other jobs, have off when they want, call off or be late and they get no discipline when they screw up. Theres no place to go for justice;its just so darn unfair. There should not be cliques that involve mgrs. but there ARE!!!
Sounds like what every low performing employee in the world has said. Always blame it on someone else, because you're not "in the club", or other people are younger, prettier, etc. no one cares about those things at work. We care that we have good people in the right position for them. Sometimes people feel like they're just being overlooked because so and so is "friends with the boss" when in reality, their boss has simply failed to grow a pair and give them honest feedback about what they need to improve. It can be uncomfortable to tell someone point blank, you don't have what I need for this position, but not saying that sets people up for even MORE disappointment.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#16 Jan 19, 2013
I can see some in management being friends but there's only so far that can go. Supposedly an old sm of mine had a wife that did some huge favor for the then district manager. the DM supposedly was paying this back by "promising" he'd get either a new store or that the store would bonus...neither happened so he walked.

An SM in one store cooked the books and was fired right before Christmas. He tried to bring down other salary members but there was not enough evidence for that.

I'd also say that there's a difference between being friends and simply doing work. If you refuse to do something or do it so slowly that it impacts others then naturally that is going to tick some off. I'd argue the more you are in demand the better you are treated.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#17 Jan 19, 2013
DMxMD wrote:
<quoted text>Sounds like what every low performing employee in the world has said. Always blame it on someone else, because you're not "in the club", or other people are younger, prettier, etc. no one cares about those things at work. We care that we have good people in the right position for them. Sometimes people feel like they're just being overlooked because so and so is "friends with the boss" when in reality, their boss has simply failed to grow a pair and give them honest feedback about what they need to improve. It can be uncomfortable to tell someone point blank, you don't have what I need for this position, but not saying that sets people up for even MORE disappointment.
That's a flat out lie. Just because YOU may not be that way, which you probably are, doesn't mean that doesn't go on within the store. I can't believe you're a manager.
countrygirl

Boston, MA

#18 Jan 19, 2013
Mykids04 wrote:
<quoted text>
That's a flat out lie. Just because YOU may not be that way, which you probably are, doesn't mean that doesn't go on within the store. I can't believe you're a manager.
THANK YOU MyKids!!! Sounds like a male chauvanistic comment; you have no idea what its like to have to be managed by kids!!

Since: Oct 11

Location hidden

#19 Jan 19, 2013
I can tell you DM it does happen. You are not that age yet-you are still in the age group that management wants in management-you suck the koolaid down and parrot the corporate verbiage. Nothing wrong with being loyal to the company. There are folks who do work very hard and are not recognized for it-maybe because they said something that did not fit the corporate mantra, maybe because management feels threatened by them. I have never had trouble getting a job paying over $50,000 until I turned about 55. I came into Lowes from owning my own business where I worked 80-100 hours a week, I took break when my body told me to. I came to Lowes with that same attitude-for the first 9 months I very seldom took a 15 min. break-no one ever said thanks, never made any more money. The tendency is to be a slouch like many of the rest-walk around, stand and talk, take 30 min. breaks etc. I cannot do that, that is not how I am wired, I have been in mgmt/salaried most of my life. Hard work is not valued or appreciated at our store. Why work hard, why suggest new ideas--one reason only-for personal satisfaction. It totally baffles me the lackadaisical attitude our management team has to the workers.

Someday you may get to experience this-I was a cocky young manager in the day-thought all the old folks were lazy and out to lunch, washed up. They are not washed up or lazy, we come to work with a work ethic that young people do not have. I sucked the koolaid and looked down on people who did not have the same motivation as I (or so I thought). There experiences were valuable, us young folks thought we had the answers and were going to prove it. You guys don't recognize the good behavior because you are too busy chasing the corporate $$$-you spend very little time with the troops-you don't know our backgrounds, our experiences, our knowledge our skills, You don't know how to motivate people or utilize their talents because you don't know your people. They are lowly CSA's-what could they possibly know?--Probably a hell of alot more than the present management.

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#20 Jan 19, 2013
countrygirl wrote:
<quoted text>THANK YOU MyKids!!! Sounds like a male chauvanistic comment; you have no idea what its like to have to be managed by kids!!
Your welcome :). I've seen it first hand and based in the comments this fool makes on this board I'm so glad he/she is not my manager. The fact that they're saying that stuff doesn't go on pretty much tells me that they're guilty of doing the same exact thing. What a fool.

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