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Is car trouble a firing offense?

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Q. An employee frequently comes in late or is absent because of car troubles. Is this a justifiable reason for termination? To avoid this issue in the future, can we ask applicants if they have a reliable means of transportation to get to work?

A. You can terminate an employee for lateness due to car troubles, assuming that you act consistently. In other words, you should not terminate one employee for lateness and not another unless there are strong business reasons to treat them differently.

It is also a good idea to have an attendance policy that sets forth the company’s intolerance for excessive absenteeism and tardiness.

You can ask applicants if they have a reliable means of transportation to get to work, provided that you ask every applicant that question.

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