How to spot a fake news story in lowes stores
Posted On August 2, 2021
Posted by The Washington Post on Tuesday, February 22, 2020 04:33:25Lowes and other retail giant Lowe’s are facing a growing crisis of fake news.
Lowes has long faced criticism from lawmakers and consumers for publishing fake news stories about its stores and its CEO, Howard Lowe, in its catalogues.
Now, the company is being sued by a former employee who says he was paid to falsely report Lowe’s stories.
The former employee, Michael Devens, who has since filed a lawsuit against Lowe’s, claims he was fired for making false claims about Lowe’s in Lowe’s catalogues and in an email.
He also says he used the company’s name and company email address for several weeks to spread false information about Lowe, including a fake Lowe’s store ad, in his hometown.
Deveners claims he told Lowe’s executives and others about the false story, and Lowe’s CEO, John Leiter, agreed.
The lawsuit alleges that in November 2020, Devenes sent Lowe’s chief information officer, Scott Grosvenor, a message that said: “Lowes will never, ever publish a false story about your company.”
Deven and his attorney, John Stiles, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.
The complaint, filed in federal court in Alexandria, Va., names Lowe’s by name and states that the allegations against it are false.
Lowe’s spokeswoman, Rachel Kohn, said in an emailed statement: “We have been cooperating with law enforcement since this matter came to our attention.
We remain committed to ensuring the safety and security of our employees and our customers.”
The lawsuit names Lowe as defendants, including its CEO and three other executives.
“We expect Lowe’s to vigorously defend itself,” Kohn said.
“The allegations in this lawsuit are baseless and without merit.”
Lowe’s was not immediately available for comment.
The allegations Deven says he made against Lowe and Leiter in the complaint come from a former assistant manager, a former manager and a former associate who were in charge of writing Lowe’s marketing materials.
Devers said that in January 2020, he wrote an email to a manager who was a senior manager in the store.
The email, he said, was sent in an attempt to set up a meeting between Deven, the manager and Lowe.
The manager, Devers wrote, told Deven that Lowe’s stores were “the most dangerous thing to have in your community.”
Devers alleges that he also sent the email to another assistant manager who also worked at Lowe’s.
Deves alleges in the lawsuit that he was told by the assistant manager that the manager who had written the email would not be fired for his actions. “
But you could tell that we were serious.”
Deves alleges in the lawsuit that he was told by the assistant manager that the manager who had written the email would not be fired for his actions.
The assistant manager said she did not recall writing the email, according to the lawsuit, and that she had no recollection of receiving it.
Deves alleged in the suit that he told Devers that he would not speak to Lowe’s officials and that he did not want to be contacted again.
“When I went to Lowes headquarters, I saw that Howard was not going to be terminated and that the store would continue to operate,” Deven wrote in the email.
“This was the most terrifying moment of my life.”
Deve also said that he received no compensation for his story.
“As an employee, I had been told by Howard to lie and do it again,” Devers alleged.
“What I learned from this experience was that if you are going to lie to your superiors, you will have to lie in front of them, too.”
Lowe was founded in the early 1900s and became a major player in the U.S. in the 1940s.
It has grown rapidly over the past decade, making it one of the largest retailers in the country.
In 2017, it hired more than 100,000 people to help it serve its clients.
The company has faced criticism in recent years for hiring people who have struggled to find jobs, including one former assistant, who had worked at a company that makes computers and was fired after a few months.
In a statement, the retailer said that it is “continuing to invest in technology to protect our customers and keep them safe.”
Devels claims that he is one of many employees who were told not to contact Lowe’s about the misleading stories that were being spread online.
“A lot of people are scared,” Deves said.
He added that he believes his story will help others who were lied to.
“It will be good for me and other people who were working at Lowe,” he said.
The complaints against Lowe were filed in the Northern District of Virginia.
Deavens said he will not go to trial but said he is planning to file a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
He did not respond to messages seeking comment from The Washington Free Beacon.
The Associated Press has reported on the