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The manager says the hardware supply giant claims they fired him for losing his work keys and misfiling paperwork. He says that was pretext to fire him for his longstanding efforts to ensure equal opportunity for disabled employees.
Michael Magro began working for the Home Depot about twenty years ago. He says throughout his employment, he received minimal, if any, discipline. He says he took his responsibilities as a manager seriously, according to the complaint.
“During the course of [his] employment, he was responsible for taking and handling employees that needed assistance regarding financial issues, heartache/hardship issues, depression issues, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction issues and bereavement issues for the store,” the complaint states. “[Magro] helped no less than ten employees with disabilities and/or personal problems obtain some type of relief ranging from FMLA leave to financial assistance,” it continues.
By way of example, Margo helped one employee who had a panic attack while working, and another who was posting suicidal thoughts on social media to seek out mental health help.
He says his advocacy ultimately drew the ire of corporate hire-ups, who fired him after he misplaced his set of store master keys, according to the complaint. Though he admits there is a cost of around $2500 incurred by Home Depot to change locks on a store after keys are lost, he never saw anyone else get fired for such a mistake. He says that in his twenty years with Home Depot, he had seen at least six other managers lose keys without being terminated.
Margo is over 40, and as such, is in a protected employment class. He now sues his former employer in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on three counts of employment discrimination and retaliation, with counsel from W. Charles Sipio of law firm Kolman Ely. Judge Eduardo C. Robreno is presiding.
Home Depot did not return a message requesting comment.