Tillman Coffey

Tillman Coffey

Fisher Phillips

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The Country’s In For A Big Change…Are You Ready?

The time is quickly running out for you to make your decision about what you’re going to do. Which direction will you choose? Some have already made up their minds and are steadfast in their decision. Some are still...more

11/7/2016 - Car Dealerships Minimum Wage Presidential Elections Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

Are Your Pay Practices Still Compliant?

By now you have likely heard about a recent Supreme Court decision and a change in federal wage and hour regulations that have a direct impact on the retail automotive industry. The good news is that the Supreme Court...more

8/4/2016 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships Navarro v Encino Motorcars SCOTUS Service Advisors Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

Tattoos, Haircuts, And Head Coverings – We're Not In Kansas Anymore

As our society has evolved and changed, standards for acceptable dress and appearance have also been transformed. For example, tattoos, once seen mostly on bikers and those who had served in the military, are now mainstream....more

5/5/2016 - Appearance Policy Car Dealerships Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Religious Accommodation

Resolve To Be A Better Leader

With every new year, millions of people resolve to make positive changes in their personal and professional lives. For owners, managers and supervisors, the fresh-start aura associated with the beginning of each year is the...more

1/27/2016 - Best Management Practices Leadership Young Lawyers

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 Wages

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