|Feb. 21, 2019 | www.fisherphillips.com|
We’ve heard domestic manufacturers push “American-made” slogans for years. Whether it was “See the USA in your Chevrolet,” or “The heartbeat of America” from Chevrolet, or Plymouth’s infamous, “Isn’t that the kind of car America wants?” the auto industry is no stranger to patriotic appeals. However, given the “America First” attitude championed by the Trump administration, there is not only an increased focus on American cars, but also on the American workers who sell and service those cars.
Why should your dealership conduct thorough investigations into possible employee misconduct and document poor performance before termination? A Florida court just gave 1.3 million reasons.
An expensive lawsuit. Let’s say you have a service advisor who is paid $525 per week, plus commissions. The service advisor makes a blatant and careless mistake on a customer invoice, costing your dealership $535. The service advisor refuses to reimburse the dealership for the money, so you terminate him for poor performance and deduct the amount owed from his final paycheck. Are you even?