When retired Air Force veteran Clay Luthy walked into his job interview at Lowe’s, he first introduced his interviewer to Charlotte, the golden retriever who stayed by his side.
Charlotte is a service dog, providing Luthy with the support he needs. Unfortunately, many employers didn’t see her as a dog providing a necessary service, but rather as a potential problem, leaving Luthy with a hard time finding employment.
Luckily, Jay Fellers the human resources manager at the North Abilene, Texas, branch of Lowe’s didn’t see Charlotte like that.
“We didn’t realize [Luthy] was having a difficult time finding a job,” Fellers says. “He applied here and went through the normal interview process, and brought Charlotte in as part of the interview. He told us about Charlotte, and how she supports him. He ended up being our top candidate.”
Soon, Luthy had the job and so did Charlotte. She was even outfitted with a matching red Lowe’s vest to show that she was part of the customer service team.
Today, Luthy and Charlotte are working hard at their job, helping customers find what they need.
This isn’t the first time Lowe’s has hired a service dog alongside a human employee, and Fellers has made it clear that, at least in his branch, there’s no indication of the trend stopping when it comes to qualified candidates.
[H/T: The Dodo]