Lowe's employee sues company for alleged racial discrimination

Annie Hunt Apr. 14, 2016, 12:39pm


PHILADELPHIA -- A Lowe’s employee is suing the company for alleged racial discrimination.

Stephen C. White filed a lawsuit on April 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Lowe’s Companies Inc. and Lowe’s Home Centers LLC, citing violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991, the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1870, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.

According to the complaint, White has been employed by the defendant since April 6, 2007, first working as a home sale specialist and currently working in the pro services department in the Lowe’s store in Lansdale, Pa.

In 2009, the defendant reportedly announced departmental elimination and offered the plaintiff and other employees the option of being laid off or transferring to a sales specialist position. White claims he accepted the offer, but there was no actual position available to him. The plaintiff avers he continued to apply for positions but was denied for what he claims to have been an issue of racial discrimination.

On July 4, 2014, the plaintiff allegedly contacted a human resources representative and the regional vice president and continued to have similar issues of discrimination and miscommunication.

White seeks actual damages for the breach of contract, as well as consequential and ancillary damages. He is represented by Frank Finch III of the Law Offices of Frank Finch III in Philadelphia, Pa.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-01543

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