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Lowe's Companies Inc. settles federal lawsuit

Mountain Home, AR: (May-26-08) Leanna Juarez brought a federal lawsuit against Lowe's Companies Inc., alleging that she was discriminated against on the basis of her gender. The suit, filed in the US District Court, Western District of Arkansas in Harrison, stated that Juarez was working at Lowe's in TX and accepted a transfer to work as a sales manager at Mountain Home's store in December 2005. She was the only female management member at the store, and due to that fact, she claimed she was excluded from management meetings and was not allowed to perform duties that were in her position. Though she complained to the operations manager, store manager, two human-resources managers and a set-up manager about her treatment, she stated that she was retaliated against and assigned to unload an entire insulation truck without assistance and was denied help. Records show that in May 2007, Juarez filed the lawsuit against Lowe's, asking for recognition that she was subjected to unlawful discriminatory practices, seeking back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, attorney's fees and other prosecuting costs. Sources on both sides of the dispute stated that a settlement has been reached in the case, in which the case was dismissed with prejudice. Terms of the settlement agreement were not disclosed. [BAXTER BULLETIN: Lowe's settles federal lawsuit]

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Published on May-28-08


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I was employees with Lowes for 11 years. I was terminated due to the company was making change with the management staff. As a administrative manager for about 5 years, I was well liked by the majority of the workers because I was the only manager that they could talk to. The other manager was not very nice to them. With that being said, I was also the only black manager out of 5. There were 3 white male managers not including the store manager and 1 white female manager. The store manager was good friends with the male managers. He went to lunch with one or two of the male managers everyday he was at work. Out of 140 employees at that store, there are no black managers. I,m not sure how they chose the managers that was let go, but I feel that I was discriminated against because apparently my work did not speak for me. I know I did my job well, I know that I did a better job than my peers, but I was the one that was terminated. I forgot to mention that the white female manager was also terminated. Now there are only 3 males in management position. This does not seem right to me. What do you think?


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