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I posted a year ago or so concerning Home Depot's treatment of my husband -an employee of that company for over 10 years. I sincerely hope AARP is no longer associated with that company-a company that supposes prides itself AND promotes itself as a company which hires retirees and older people because of their knowledge and experience.
Well the long and short of it was that my husband was harassed till he was forced to retire. However Home Depot agreed to continue to hire him on a part time basis-basically two days a week. Once a certain member of management moved on the harassment stopped-until recently when a new member of management came in and, once again , the harassement begins again -the object-once again the older members of the staff.
It appears the solution to budget cuts seem to be get rid of the higher paying staff-you know the ones with the experience and knowledge, which, once again Home Depot advertises as having to help their customers. My husband -who says this has been happening for the past three weeks now-will follow his options in dealing with this situation.
What is wrong is that management is more less instructed to harass these older employees daily with inneundo and verbal attacks ( some coming in the form of personal insults concerning the individual's age). As the hiring manager in another chain ( not Home Depot) our code of conduct specifically states that this kind of behavior is unacceptable ( and probably illegal). It certainly makes for an unhealthy working environment. However this kind of approach seems to be accepted and encouraged by upper management-especially, it seems, when a new promotee wants to appear to be making their mark -get the payroll down at the expense of good customer service by getting rid of the older employee. My husband is in a department where accurate estimates are essential-mistakes can be very costly to the company. It is a pennywise pound foolish philosphy.
I don't know what the executive branch of the company knows or does not know. I don't know if they are even aware of this,what appears to be accepted, policy on the store level. If AARP is still associated with Home Depot I would like to think that it has the influence to inform them that an organization made up of over 50 year olds would find this harassment policy unacceptable and make them aware. I hope it would encourage the company that the buying power of this part of the population is substantial enough that this kind of should be stopped and discourage severely in the future.