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Discrimination complaint filed against Dublin's new Lowe's store

Original post made on Nov 21, 2008

Attorneys at the National Employment Law Project filed a discrimination complaint Thursday against the Lowe's Home Improvement store in Dublin for allegedly denying a black man a job because of a 9-year-old misdemeanor drug conviction.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 21, 2008, 5:48 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Editor -- Does anyone actually proof read your articles? This man was not convicted of a drug crime when he was nine years old! The conviction happened nine years AGO. Geez . . . .
And for the record, if Lowe's has a policy of zero tolerance for past convictions I say good for them. More companies need to stand up for ethics like that.

Posted by former English teacher
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 21, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Resident: I hope that was a joke.
Adjectives modify or affect the meaning of nouns and pronouns and tell us which, whose, what kind, and how many about the nouns or pronouns they modify. They come before the noun or pronoun they modify except for the predicate adjective which comes after a linking verb and modifies the subject.
In this case 9-year-old modifies misdemeanor drug conviction.
For the record, if that wasn't a joke, and if your elementary school had grammar classes, I hope they failed you.

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Former English Teacher

If you had been able to read as well as you criticize you would have read this header over the article:

"49-year-old claims he was denied job because of misdemeanor when he was 9"

Copied verbatim from their headline. Click on the link on the home page. Next time do your homework before throwing out insults.

Posted by Lowes shopper
a resident of Dublin
on Nov 21, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Has anyone shopped at this store? This store is full of diversity... I have shopped at this store since it opened and love it, while shopping there I can't help but notice the cultural mix they have. To take it a step further the store manager is Latin, so where is the discrimination??? Sounds like someone is reaching...

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 21, 2008 at 7:56 pm

9 year old black man was denied a job at Lolo's because of a miss. What?

You mean he's not married? I don't get it"


Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 22, 2008 at 11:32 am

Lowes shopper...would you explain what you mean by "Latin"?

I had no idea that such a thing existed? Strange-ola!

Have you seen the 9 year old back man working at jerk!

Posted by bel
a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 23, 2008 at 10:01 pm

What does race have anything to do with his drug conviction?,
Did Lowes hire a white guy with a drug convition instead of him?Sounds like he should be suing his uncle, not Lowes.

Posted by James
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 24, 2008 at 12:53 pm

While i think that nearly everyone deserves a second chance, I don't see how the blanket policy is unfair to blacks and hispanics. How can they be disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system when they have committed the crime? are we supposed to have a quota system for criminals?

Posted by BeReal!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 24, 2008 at 6:40 pm

"The National Employment Law Project is arguing that the store's blanket policy regarding criminal records unfairly discriminates against blacks and Latinos, who are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system, Warner said."

If Blacks and Latinos would stop committing a disproportionate amount of the crimes then maybe this argument will be invalid. Are they saying that Whites commit all these crimes but somehow escape prosecution? It's not Lowe's fault that there are too many Blacks and Latinos committing crimes! Attacking Lowes does not solve that problem!

Posted by Doo Doo
a resident of Valley Trails
on Nov 25, 2008 at 10:15 am

This sort of thing used to be know, when the lady that spills the "hot coffee" that she bought on herself... and then sues McDonalds and makes a fortune. I don't mind when an occasional frivolous lawsuit slips through, but it's gone too far when someone brings up the race card when it is totally irrevelant. Its sad that anyone who reads the article, knows this is a waste of taxpayers money, and yet, it will still go through the court system. Its not up to Lowes to investigate his drug charge. If he is as innocent as he claims, then why hasn't his record been cleared? He could have rolled on his uncle and walked away free and clear. Are you telling me that the police had no interest in the man that paid for the drugs and will probably re-sell them...when investigators heard Mr. Magees' story, they had no interest in the dealer...they went after the "developmentally disabled" half-witt who "unknowingly" transported the drugs. Sounds like the uncle got off pretty easy. Mr Magee had nine years to work on that BS story, and THATS the best he could come up with. Like my Grandpa used to say, "if it don't make sense, then someones lying." The details aren't important now anyways. He had his day in court nine years ago and he was found guilty. A better question is if Lowes can sue him (or his scumbag lawyer)? There has to be a law to prevent someone from making false accusations, and filing a bogus lawsuit. No wonder the justice system is SO bogged down...

Posted by jessie
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Dec 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm

resident-- the conviction is nine years old, not the man. Please don't be concerned with others until you, yourself can get things straight. Well written article, unfortunately some readers are the ones with the issues.

Posted by Ken
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Dec 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm

The article has been corrected.

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