Question...came across web postings on a "ROBERT E. BLATCHFORD" that I take it filed suit against Home Depot in 2008. Postings by a Bob Blatchford (Lakeland, FL) under the heading "Home Depot CEO, Frank Blake Implicated In Employee Abuse and Retaliation Lawsuit" Any relationship? If so, what was the story there?
Found more at another web posting. Still leaves the questions: any relationship, what's the story? But a couple more, if related...how long were you employed by each and are there other examples?
"The suit alleges the Plaintiff, a former employee of Home Depot Store
#0257 in St. Petersburg, FL, had been subjected to harassment,
threats, retaliation, and wrongful termination while employed by the
At present the case implicates numerous members of management
including Store Managers, Human Resources Managers, District Store and
Human Resources Managers, Regional Human Resources Managers,
Employment Practices Manager and CEO/Chairman of the Board Francis S.
Blake, (others may be named upon discovery)."
The Plaintiff alleges the Defendant(s) demonstrated a pattern of
abuse, cover up and retaliation that spanned the period of time during
which the Plaintiff was employed by the Defendant(s). The Plaintiff,
and his council St. Petersburg Attorneys Sparkman and Sparkman, have
assembled a significant amount of evidence in support of their claim
that these were deliberate actions and not a case of an isolated
'misstep' by a rogue manager having a 'bad day'.
Evidence including employer documents, government documents, medical
documents, schedules, recordings and numerous e-mails exchanged
between the Plaintiff and upper management including CEO/Chairman of
the Board Francis S. Blake will demonstrate a clear pattern of abuses,
sham investigations and cover-ups resulting in harassment, retaliation
and wrongful termination.
It is suspected the Defendant(s) committed other civil wrongs or
illegal activities relevant to this case. Said suspected wrongs will
be revealed upon the discovery phase of the case which is expected to
include the serving of a Subpoena on several members of Home Depot
management including the CEO and Chairman of the Board, Francis S.