Tillman Coffey

Tillman Coffey

Fisher & Phillips LLP

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How's Your ESI Score?

No question that customer satisfaction is a primary goal and focus for dealerships (and manufacturers). In a highly-competitive industry where products and prices can be virtually identical, dealerships understand that...more

11/17/2014 - Auto Manufacturers Best Management Practices Car Dealerships Employee Retention

The Chicken Or The Egg?

You finally decided to take the long overdue disciplinary action. Jack has got to be disciplined. But just before you do, Jack, possibly sensing what’s about to happen, makes a complaint of harassment. This is the first...more

10/9/2014 - Compliance Disciplinary Proceedings Discipline EEOC Employer Liability Issues Retaliation

Better Check The Brakes

The previous month’s sales numbers are final and Jane’s sales are abysmal…again. You’ve had enough and decide to fire her. You call HR to get the paperwork started. Your HR manager tells you that Jane has just left her office...more

8/12/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Harassment Hiring & Firing Protected Activity Retaliation

Failure Is Not An Option

When it comes to a dealership’s legal liability for employment-related problems, the basis of the liability generally falls into two categories – actions the dealership took and those it failed to take. When it comes to big...more

5/9/2014 - Car Dealerships Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies General Motors Harassment Hiring & Firing Jury Awards Negligence Settlement

Does Your Dealership Have A Locker Room Mentality?

If a year ago you had heard that conduct in an NFL locker room had resulted in a complaint of harassment and bullying, you might have assumed that the alleged victim was a female reporter. Few would have guessed that the...more

2/6/2014 - Bullying Harassment Hazing

Dealership Update, No. 3, August 2013: "Do I Have To Hire A Criminal With Bad Credit?"

The answer to whether an employer may refuse to hire someone with a criminal record or bad credit is not as simple as you might think. Two recently-filed lawsuits by the EEOC alleging that employers’ criminal-conviction...more

8/6/2013 - Credit Reports Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records Discrimination EEOC Hiring & Firing Race Discrimination

Dealership Update, No. 2, May 2013: Did The Local DUI Lawyer Draft Your Pay Plans?

Of course not. We just wanted to get your attention. The real question is when was the last time you reviewed your pay plans to make sure that they accurately reflected your current pay practices and policies, and...more

5/9/2013 - Car Dealerships Contract Drafting Pay Plans Wages

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