Tyrese Gibson and two more plaintiffs claim that Home Depot personnel “purposefully interfered” with their attempt to complete a transaction in February.
The Home Depot is being sued by Tyrese Gibson.
Gibson, 44, and two men who are allegedly Gibson’s friends and “regularly provide construction services to Gibson” filed a lawsuit against the home improvement retailer on Wednesday. They claim that while visiting the retailer’s West Hills, California, store in February, they were subjected to “outrageous discriminatory mistreatment and consumer racial profiling.”
In addition to punitive damages, Gibson and the two other plaintiffs, Eric Mora and Manuel Hernandez, are asking for “a declaratory judgment declaring that” Home Depot’s actions violated California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and more than $1 million in damages, which would equal the amount Gibson claims he has spent at Home Depot locations over his lifetime.
According to the complaint, when Gibson, Mora, and Hernandez went to the store’s West Hills location on February 11, the actor and singer made the decision to wait in his car while the other two men finished their transactions using his credit card once his admirers started spotting him there.
Despite Gibson’s alleged assurance to the cashier that Mora and Hernandez may use his credit card to make their purchase, the complaint asserts that “the cashier refused to complete the purchase transaction” even after Gibson went back to the shop.
The complaint claims that the cashier “gave no reasonable explanation” other than to reiterate “store policy” and “demanded to see a form of identification.” “The management declined to meet with Gibson face-to-face. Gibson was eventually able to finish the transaction only after having a lengthy, contentious conversation with the cashier.
The complaint claims that Gibson, Mora, and Hernandez were targeted because of their skin color and, in the cases of Mora and Hernandez, their national origin. The staff of the business are also accused of interfering with the transaction and refusing to complete it on purpose.
Gibson seemed to have recorded at least a portion of the interaction in February. After leaving the store, the actor calls the cashier on FaceTime and says, “I understand policy, but you know you’re being extra right now.” A part of the video tape that was released to YouTube shows this conversation.
The actor also mentioned in the lengthy video tape that he has been going to the same Home Depot shop for the past ten years as he expressed his displeasure to staff members.
The man can be heard asking, “My problem with what just happened is I’ve been living three blocks from here for 10 years, and if this is a policy… Why are you the first person to stop my team and my ability to come in here when I’ve been coming to this particular Home Depot for 10 years?”
The Home Depot “has refused to take any responsibility” for the incident, according to the lawsuit, which also claims that the business “doubled down, lawyered-up, and treated Gibson, Mora, and Hernandez and what happened to them as not worthy of any due consideration — instead inferring that they are the problem.”
According to the complaint, “Gibson, Mora, and Hernandez are taking a stand against The Home Depot to hold it accountable.” “The company needs to comprehend that treating people unfairly and racial profiling of customers have consequences.”
Requests for feedback from a Home Depot representative did not immediately receive a response.