OMAX STT STAFF TURNOVER
you loose either way when you factor in lawyers cost-especially if you are a larger employer
Sadly, retaining adequate legal representation for just these sorts of potentialities has simply become part of the "cost of doing business" in the VI. Guess that's part of the reason we don't have a lot of business anymore. It used to make me angry, the way that some of the local plaintiffs' counsel would take advantage of the sympathetic juries, however, after over a decade of this, I'm just used to it. Doing biz here isn't like doing business anywhere else in the world I've ever lived.
I headed in today to grab some supplies and ran into Annette and Yvonne. Management was fired from the top down along with a lot of other employees because of discount "fraud." I didn't totally understand because this wasn't all in place back when I was there, but they were printing off some kind of coupon and using this along with an employee discount to make personal purchases, or something close to that. Corporate loss prevention flew down and made them pay back these discounts, some as little as 40 cents, and then termed them all. There are still 3 cases under review and those 3 associates are waiting to find out if they're getting fired as well. I won't name names, but one of those 3 is totally indispensable to that store, if they fire that associate that store will take 10 steps backwards. The associates didn't know what they were doing was wrong, but management should have been smart enough to realize there's a problem.
Hmmm, from your posting it sounds like the employees may have been terminated prematurely.
Most retailers have a written employee purchase policy which may disallow employee discounts on sale or other already discounted merchandise. If Office Max doesn't have a writen policy signed off by the employees, they may have difficulty defending the firings.
If employees were buying merchandise with their discount for non-employees, that's another issue. Either situation, a good manager should have noticed and documented infractions. Any unusual sales, returns, discounts, shortages should show on some regular report.