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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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By any chance did they put this in writing? Or, do you have witnesses that they said it?

A third option (particularly if they put it in writing) would simply be to say very nicely that you don't have any other transportation and that while you can understand their legal concerns about recharging possibly being a hazard (and thus will not ask to recharge) you simply have no alternative but to disregard their illegal request to stop using your legally licensed vehicle.

This should be presented in writing on letterhead paper from a lawyer's office, and should be delivered by whatever postal method requires that they sign for the letter. Copies should be delivered both to your immediate supervisor and to the company's legal department. It should be followed up by an internal email CC'd to your home email address asking them to confirm they received your letter, and asking if they have any questions about either your or their rights regarding your transportation.

All of this should be said very nicely, and it should be started out with something to the effect of, "After due consideration of the reasonableness of your recent verbal request regarding my mode of transportation, and after consultation with legal counsel...." Avoid pontificating, simply state that you have adequate and legally licensed transportation, and that the use of your valid transportation is neither negotiable nor a matter which they can legally consider in contemplating termination of your employ.

Now, realize that this will not make them happy - but also understand that, provided you have a good work record otherwise, will be tantamount to putting them on notice that if they DO fire you in the future for any other reason they will need to find MORE justification for doing so than with any other employee with whom they have not had a similar documented instance of trampling your rights.
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I had have of my thyroid removed yesterday and now I don't feel too great. The doc said no cancer, but then he called me when I got home and said the pathologist too a second look and did find cancer so ow I have to have a second operation to remove the rest of it as well as lymp nodes and who know what for follow up.

If it's any comfort my wife's thyroid is more or less completely dysfunctional. We found out when she got more and more tired and could easily sleep more than 12 hours/day and a test proved that her TSH levels were completely shot. Now she takes pills to artificially keep the level normal, it took a few months to get the level in balance but now she's back to normal again (except the days she forget to take it, of course... :rolleyes:).

Just give it some time and you'll be ok again!
Yes, They put it in writing. I have made sure I don't lose it. As to the cancer, I don't plan on giving up, so since I'm gonna be here I might as well have a great set of batteries!
Best of luck with the treatment.

Facing Cancer is pretty frightening - but with the advances in treatment over the last few years the outlook is quite bright!

Blue -
Another vote for choosing your battles. Be healthy first.

I find that the nice approach generally works better and leaves more options. Personally, I'd work that angle until it's completely hopeless. You're collecting documentation - that's good. Give them a chance to respond to some calmer persuasion first. I can get just as mean and nasty as the next person, but I don't enjoy it at all. Fortunately I find that I seldom have to.

I had an employer tell me that, if I had and electric vehicle, I wouldn't be allowed to plug in. The reason was not really the cost of electricity, but the liability. I didn't like it, but I can understand it. Suppose there's a power surge that somehow damages my car? (lightning strike?) What if my car somehow put a surge on their power? I doubt that would ever be a problem, but to the paranoid or technophobe, I guess an argument can be made. The best you can do in such a case is try to enlighten them, not club them over the head.

YMMV, my advice is worth what you paid for it.

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