The footage was captured by Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK-TV, then picked up first nationally by Fox News, showing workers buying and guzzling large bottles of beer, as well as smoking something likely other than tobacco, all during work hours. More footage then shows them driving recklessly, perhaps under the influence, to elude the cameras.
Chrysler last week swiftly moved to suspend those workers indefinitely without pay, expecting that by Monday "each of these cases will be dispositioned." In a new release from today, the company said: "It has been determined that 13 employees engaged in behavior that violated the Company's Standards of Conduct and these 13 employees were discharged today. Two remaining employees will receive a one month disciplinary layoff without pay."
"As is evidenced by the swift action taken in this matter, it should be clear that Chrysler Group will not tolerate such behavior and will continue to evaluate its protocols to ensure that something like this does not happen again," stated Chrysler Group, then touting its comprehensive quality system, in which a system of redundant controls won't let a single person's error result in a quality problem.
The Jefferson North plant, which was visited by President Obama in July, employs about 2,500 workers, while Chrysler Group employs about 51,000 in all.