Two former Lowe’s employees have filed a proposed class action in which they allege the retailer has systematically refused to pay former workers the amounts stated and agreed upon in release and separation agreements. The case claims defendant Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC has instead attempted to pay ex-employees “reduced amounts,” and gone so far as to backdate letters in order to give the “false appearance that they had been previously sent.”
The 12-page case explains that Lowe’s in January 2019 informed those working as loss prevention managers of an “organizational change” effective February 1 that the plaintiffs stress was essentially a mass layoff of thousands of employees. Those who were terminated as part of the organizational change were offered by Lowe’s a “release and separation agreement” that, according to the lawsuit, expressly specified an amount of money to be paid as severance.
According to the plaintiffs, Lowe’s has breached its release and separation agreements with terminated loss prevention managers by outright refusing to pay the agreed-upon sums of money. The plaintiffs say that Lowe’s has instead taken to sending proposed class members backdated letters that state “the severance calculation in your Release and Separation Agreement may be incorrect,” and include a supposedly correct severance amount. The lawsuit argues that the allegedly backdated letters sent by the defendant did not rescind or revoke its prior severance offers that were already signed and returned by proposed class members.