Suspends Two Speedy Employees; Issues Statement About Accusations
Following the accusations
levied against Speedy Auto Glass on Wednesday, parent company TCG International
(TCGI) has suspended two employees pending an investigation.
In a prepared statement released yesterday afternoon, president and chief
operating officer Stephen Schober stated that the suspensions do not reflect
TCGI's opinion on the involvement of the employees in the alleged fraudulent
"Effective earlier today, the two employees named in the documents
were suspended with pay," the statement said. "Further action
is possible pending the outcome of the review. This action is not intended
to imply that these employees are guilty of any wrongdoing. We believe
they are entitled to their day in court; however, we feel the suspension
is appropriate given the nature of the allegations and the confidence
our customers must have in us."
The Vancouver Sun article of Wednesday, February 25, reported that
the employees identified in the court documents against Speedy were Speedy
Glass Shops general manager Bill Nears and company regional manager Gordon
Fraser. TGCI has not released the names of the two employees suspended.
Tom Brown, general manager of Speedy Glass Operations of Ontario, will
assume leadership duties for Speedy Glass British Columbia starting today.
Schober's statement also reflected the company's disappointment with the
handling of the accusations by ICBC and reassured the public that customer
relations will not be affected by the dispute.
"We are shocked
at the heavy-handed nature of ICBC's actions, which contravene and greatly
exceed their past practices," the statement said. "ICBC have
put themselves in the position of both judge and jury, utilizing their
monopoly strength and position to jeopardize the livelihoods of hundreds
of B.C. employees
Our entire B.C. staff seem to have been punished
without any kind of hearing
Let me say this is a dispute between
Speedy and ICBC. Our customers have never been adversely impacted. Our
customers remain our first priority and we would like to reassure all
our customers and employees that our stores throughout the province will
remain open for business."