Chrysler Group LLC has moved to get rid of 13 employees from the Jefferson North Assembly plant, in Detroit, caught drinking alcohol and smoking pot on their lunch hour by a local television crew.
Chrysler Group said Monday in a statement it had completed its investigation of the Jefferson North employees – who were initially suspended after the TV broadcast for violating the company’s code of conduct and jeopardizing the quality of vehicles built at the plant.
“It has been determined that 13 employees engaged in behavior that violated the Company’s Standards of Conduct and these 13 employees were discharged today. Two remaining employees will receive a one month disciplinary layoff without pay,” Chrysler announced.
The United Auto Workers concurred in the company’s decision to dismiss the union members.
“As is evidenced by the swift action taken in this matter, it should be clear that Chrysler Group will not tolerate such behavior and will continue to evaluate its protocols to ensure that something like this does not happen again,” Chrysler said in a statement.