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My Employer says "Leave your ev at home or you go home!"

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I drove my '72 super beetle to work last week for the first time and with the encouragement of my supervisor plugged it in to an outdoor outlet to recharge. I also parked in a ride share spot to better access the power outlet.

Well, I have been given a letter saying "bring it again and we send you home" saying they feel the car is unsafe, but they don't say why. It is a 72 volt system with 12 golf cart batteries. Not rocket science but they act like it's a bomb waiting to go off. My supervisor now says he never encouraged me to do anything... to my suprise.

Anyone one else ever have this problem? Oh, I work for a government agency that is supposed to be green! :cool:
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Hey Bluehair,

I just wanted to express my outrage with everyone else on this forum. I definitely agree with those who point out that your employer should have no say over the transportation method you use to commute to work. Thier only concern is if you show up on time or not. If your car is registered and legal to drive in the state of Washington then they have no right to say you cannot drive it.

As for plugging your car in at work, this is a little more touchy, while I personally don't think it is a big deal, I can understand an employer not wanting to set a precedence for other employees to say "hey are you going to start paying for my gas, or my bus fare?" Also there could be liability issues should something either happen to your car, or a malfunction in your car while charging causes damage to someone else's property your employer could be held liable. I understand that this sucks but in the incredibly litigious society that we live in it is a reality.

I'm not trying to be offensive, but I'm not really that surprised that this is happening in Lynden. Lynden is extremely conservative and very resistant to anything different in my opinion. I completely understand if you share a different opinion, but I went school at western and tried to teach science as a volunteer to the kids in the lynden school district and I found the policies to be so stifling I ended up volunteering in the Ferndale district instead.

If you have the range to get to work and back with out needing to charge up at work I say go for it, I'm not a lawyer, but I can hook you up with a whatcom county public defender if you get into any trouble.

hang in there and keep fighting the good fight!
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Well, this all took place in Bellingham, Washington. For my sake, I won't name what agency I work for, but they have a large part in alternative transportation in our region.

It has been suggested that I just park across the street and forget about it, but I want to win now. I am going to have a modified vehicle expert from the Washington State Patrol inspect the car and if they say it is safe and legal for the road then it's back to management with a letter. If they still say no then I call th ACLU!

My cousin helped me with the conversion and he wants to call the TV stations, but I want him to wait until I give the State Patrol experts a chance to look at it and inform my agency it is ok.

Wow, I'm surprised that this is happening in Bellingham. My experience with Bellingham is that it is a very progressive and supporting when it comes to these matters. In addition to the State patrol you can contact WWU's VRI. I'm sure they can inspect your car and write a statement saying they think your car is safe. The VRI is well respected in the vehicle research community. Thier opinion should carry some weight.
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