A Georgia dealer illegally fired a technician while he was on COVID-19 treatment leave, a federal lawsuit alleges.
Yu Chieh “Jerry” Yang claims Atlanta’s Mike Rezi Nissan accidentally discharged him during quarantine and retaliated against him.
Dealer Mike Reggi disputed the claim, saying: Fixed Ops Journal: “We don’t normally comment on pending lawsuits, but many of our employees have taken time off due to COVID and none have been laid off for taking such time off. Many of these employees continues to work at the dealer today.”
Rezi said Yang’s separation “has nothing to do with him taking a vacation.”
Yang was hired in 2018 and made $120,000 in his first year, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which seeks compensatory and punitive damages, accruals and benefits, alleges that his supervisor sent him home when he tested positive on October 6, 2020. According to the complaint, Yang was quarantined for 14 days, paid for his time off, and allowed to work after testing negative.
When he returned on Oct. 20, the new regional manager allegedly fired him without explanation, paperwork, or notice of termination.
Yang spoke to the dealer’s human resources manager, who was allegedly unaware of the dismissal.
Two days later, he received a quarantine dated October 12 separation notice in an email, the complaint says.
Rezi said dealers “are confident they will win in self-defense.”