• Lowe’s sells everything for home improvement, including gardening products, home fashion items, lumber, plumbing and electric supplies, tools and appliances.
• Lowe’s has been cited for failing to pay overtime wages and nearly 75,000 employees have sued the company claiming unpaid overtime.
• Consumers have sued Lowe's over an interest-free credit promotion scam citing fraudulent marketing.
• Lowe's is also the target of a campaign to increase non-toxic lawn care options at major retail stores.
• Urge Lowe’s to reconsider its employee treatment and visit Go Green for greener home improvement choices.
-- Profile Updated 07/01/2010
Based in Mooresville North Carolina, Lowe's operates more than 1,250 superstores in 49 US states. The company sells everything home improvement professionals and do-it-yourself community need, including gardening products, home fashion items, lumber, plumbing and electric supplies, tools and appliances. In 2006, the company reported sales of more than $43.243 billion and employed 185,000 people.
National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns
The National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns is asking Home Depot and Lowe’s to carry a range of non-toxic, poison-free lawn and garden products. Home Depot and Lowe's are the largest hardware chains in America, and nearly all lawn care products available at their stores are toxic to animals as well as people. The campaign calls on consumers to pressure Home Depot and Lowe's to carry more environmentally sound options.
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Mooresville, NC 28117 USA
Ethics and Governance
In 2006, Robert A. Niblock, CEO of Lowe’s Companies Inc, made more than $6.6 million in total compensation according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) calculations and $8,454,621 according to AFL-CIO calculations.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2007
Consumers filed a class-action lawsuit against Home Depot and Lowe’s for misleading consumers with interest-free credit promotions. The companies were alleged to have cheated customers by applying store credit payments to interest-free balances following major promotions, leaving customers’ interest-accruing balances untouched.
-- ConsumerAffairs.com, 01/21/2004
Source URL: consumeraffairs.com/news04/home_depot_lowes.html
In September 2005, a federal judge certified a class-action lawsuit against Lowe’s for failing to pay workers due overtime wages. The case could represent as many as 75,000 current and former Lowe’s employees who allege that the company used a number of tactics to avoid paying full overtime compensation.
-- Boston Globe, 09/26/2005
Health and Safety
In November 2001 Lowe's and Home Depot were called upon to stop selling arsenic-treated lumber to the public because of the wood's cancer-causing capabilities. According to the Healthy Building Network and Environmental working Group (EWG), pressure treated wood products sold by the retailers and sampled in 13 states contained an average of 120 times the amount of arsenic allowed in a 6 ounce glass of water by the U.S. EPA. The wood is treated with arsenic as a pesticide and to avoid rot, however according to the National Academy of Sciences exposure to arsenic causes lung, bladder, and skin cancer in humans, and is suspected as a cause of kidney, prostate, and nasal passage cancer.
-- Environmental Working Group, 11/08/2001
Source URL: www.ewg.org/reports/poisonwoodrivals
Sunset Valley and the Save Our Springs (SOS) Alliance filed a lawsuit against the city of Austin, Texas and Lowe’s for violating rules governing development in the Barton Springs watershed. The original agreement between the city and Lowe’s required the company to devote $1 million to preservation efforts and to install water-quality controls. Barton Springs watershed development regulations allow only between 15 and 20 percent solid cover of the land in question, however the city of Austin allowed Lowe’s to plan for 40 percent occupancy. SOS expressed concerns over the future health of the watershed as a result of such development.
-- Austin Business Journal, 03/04/2005
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