Chrysler recently terminated the contracts of thirteen employees, who were caught drinking alcohol and smoking pot during their work hours. Some may feel that being fired is harsh, but the liabilities that could have resulted from one of these individuals injuring themselves or someone else are huge, and Chrysler have stood firm in their zero-tolerance policy. Such an example shows why it is so important to have a Drug Free Workplace policy and the random and reasonable suspicion drug testing that goes along with it.
WJBK Fox 2 News in Detroit caught Chrysler autoworkers drinking alcohol and smoking what appear to be joints during their shifts at the auto maker’s Jefferson North auto plant in Detroit. The Chrysler press release after this incident clearly states their views, and emphasizes their understanding of the responsibilities they have as a large corporation who was bailed out by the tax-payer. It said:
“It is unfortunate that the actions of a few people have called into question the reputation of more than 51,000 very proud, hard-working Chrysler Group employees, grateful that the American and Canadian taxpayers gave us a second chance. We take that responsibility very seriously and will work to restore the public’s faith.”
If more big businesses were to take such a strict and effective approach to those who break the rules rather than trying to brush such embarrassments under the carpet, America’s workplace would certainly be a more efficient and productive environment.