Tyrese Gibson, the actor and singer known for his roles in Tyrese Gibson movies such as Fast and Furious, Transformers, and Baby Boy, has filed a lawsuit against Home Depot for $1 million in damages. He claims he was racially profiled by a cashier at a San Fernando Valley store in February.
The lawsuit is based on a video that shows Gibson having a heated argument with a cashier who refused to accept his credit card for a purchase made by his team members. Gibson had left the store earlier because he was recognized by other customers who wanted to talk to him about Tyrese Gibson movies.
The cashier demanded to see Gibson’s photo ID to verify the card, even though he offered to FaceTime her from his car outside. Gibson was frustrated and said he was a loyal customer of Home Depot and even knew the CEO of the company.
Gibson had to go back to the store himself to complete the transaction. He believes the cashier discriminated against him because of his race.
In his lawsuit, Gibson asks for $1 million in damages, which he estimates is how much he would spend at Home Depot in his lifetime. He also wants additional punitive damages.
Home Depot said it does not tolerate discrimination and that it values diversity and respect. The company said it tried to contact Gibson to resolve his issues.
The lawsuit is still pending. Gibson’s lawyers will have to prove that the cashier violated his rights and did not follow the company’s policy.