Home Depot Offers Job Back to Black Man Who Was Fired for Responding to Racist Customer

Home Depot said Friday that the company has reviewed the case of a man who was fired over his response to a racist customer and decided to offer him his job back.

Maurice Rucker, who is black, told a local NBC affiliate he was verbally assaulted by a customer at the Albany, New York, Home Depot where he worked.

The company initially said Rucker did not follow “proper protocol” in his response to the customer and fired him, but in a statement to The Hill on Friday, the company said it reversed its decision.

“We’ve taken another look at this and we are offering Maurice his job back,” a spokesman for Home Depot told The Hill.

Rucker told the NBC station a customer approached his register on Thursday with a dog without a leash.

The 60-year-old said he told the unknown customer: “Sir, when you have your dog in here we prefer that you keep it on a leash.'”

But in response, Rucker said the other man told him: “F— you. You’re an asshole, you’re a piece of s—.”

Rucker said the shocking response was just the beginning of a rant filled with insults, including some that he says were racist.

“If Trump wasn’t president, you wouldn’t even have a job,” the man said, according to Rucker’s account to the local station. “He said, ‘You’re from the ghetto, what do you know?’”

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SOURCE: The Hill, Aris Folley