A black delivery driver for a Lowe’s home improvement store in Virginia said a white woman in late July refused to let him into her home with her delivery because he’s black.
So, he said, his employer replaced him with a white driver.
“I got a phone call on the phone telling me to bring the delivery back. Saying that I couldn’t do the delivery,” Marcus Bradley told WSET on Wednesday. “I asked him why I couldn’t do it and he said because you’re black and they don’t want you at the house.”
Bradley has been a Lowe’s employee in Danville, Va., for 11 years, according to WSET.
Alex Brooks, a Lowe’s delivery person who was with Bradley at the time, told the television station that he didn’t agree with the decision to change drivers.
“To me, it just ain’t right for a business that we work at to go on with the woman’s wishes,” Brooks told the station.
WSET tracked down the woman from the delivery at her home. When the reporter asked her about the exchange, she said, “I got a right to have whatever I want and that’s it.”
A Lowe’s spokeswoman told The Washington Post on Monday that the manager in the incident was fired.
“We’ve reached out to the drivers and one of our senior executives went to the store to apologize to them in person,” spokeswoman Chris Ahearn told the Post. “We have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind, and we should never have accepted the terms of the sale with the individuals who were delivered to.”
Watch the video, from WSET, below: