Who doesn’t love straight talk from an attorney? One of my favorite aspects of our Definitive Guide to Workforce Compliance for Dealers are the interviews. Along with infographics and worksheets, we had the opportunity to record conversations with industry-leading HR, compliance, and legal experts, and their insights are the kind you don’t hear every day.
Take our conversation with attorney Stephen J. Roppolo. Steve serves as one of the key figures at the head of Fisher Phillips, a law firm with a dedicated Automobile Dealership practice group—and one of our frequent collaborators. And while he may be a managing partner, Steve is really an entrepreneur at heart. Growing up in a small business family, he realized early on that by immersing himself in labor and employment law, he could help grow not just one company, but many.
“Every business entity in the country has to deal with labor and employment issues,” he told us. “If I wasn’t going to be running my own business, I could help other people run theirs.” It wasn’t long before he fell in love with the fast-paced, high-energy world of automobile dealerships. These days, Steve provides counseling and representation to dealers of all kinds, assisting with everything from litigation and arbitration to everyday communication with employees.
In our guide, we spoke with Steve about the advice he gives to his clients, what legal issues dealers need to focus on now, and what the future of the automotive industry has in store. Today, we’d like to share some another highlight of our conversation: Steve’s advice for dealerships facing or hoping to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. Don’t miss Part 1 or Part 2.
Just a Reminder: We’re not your lawyer (of course, right?) Since we’re not, remember that this article’s for informational purposes and not intended to provide legal advice.
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