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Plattner Automotive Group


Fraudulent company

Complaint Rating:  92 % with 49 votes
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Doug Plattner Automotive Group
United States
We have all been through the mill with this man. He has accumulated a huge list of unsatisfied employees...most who quit because of his lies and 'non' pay ...pay practices. He will try to block unemployment benefits because he forces you to 'quit' caused by payroll frustrations!! An appeal is a nightmare!!

Please, somebody in the media...lend us a hand...an outreach to contact YOU...we ex-employees (victims) cannot communicate with each other! You would be shocked at the reaction you would receive! How many innocent employees does he have to degrade, insult, and humiliate to warrant a class action law suit?

I have never experienced a business relation with a compulsive lier, and I have worked for some pretty tough dealers...tough, but having integrity! Plattner lies, lies, lies to anybody!

Just a 15 second news story on this guy by a local news station...just naming him by name...Doug Plattner...would generate an unbelievable reaction!!! Trust me...
Complaint comments Comments (32) Complaint country United States Complaint category Car Dealers


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N  2nd of Apr, 2009 by    -6 Votes
Let me guess...your a salesman or salesmanager that could not bust your draw so you got canned...right? If you have been in the business any length of time you should already know that you can not fight a dealer and win. Dont try.
N  3rd of Apr, 2009 by    +2 Votes
I am so glad to see that other people out there see what kind of crook Doug Plattner is. I worked for Plattner Automotive Group as the General Sales Manager from 2005 to 2006. I never had a problem with them until each payday. I am owed over $72, 000.00. In the car business, its hard to prove whats really owed unless you have it in writing. WHICH I HAVE. I look forward to our day in court. Jimmie Tucker is going to look very funny when we prove he signed the letter which stated my employement agreement. Of all people in the car business, Doug Platter will have his day.. It's coming soon. All the Fraud this man is responceable for, will eat his lucnh real soon. Thank God I was smart enough to make copies of all the files before I left. I bet the IRS will have fun with the way they cooked the books. All the fraud is catching up with the big wigs now... Wonder if the Attorney General would like a call to help them with the case.

A  25th of Aug, 2009 by    +4 Votes
Douglas Plattner is car dealer all Great America's need too, and must be afraid of. I have had the misfortune of actually working for and meeting (face to face) the weasel. Plattner is the best at taking the ### of the earth award, when it comes to being human, let alone a car dealer that holds, the most absolute piece of human waste award of all times. You may not understand this comment; however the maggot feeds of off these type statements. My pleasure is that I know as he reads this message, he knows who wrote it, that’s my gratification. He is by far one of the most screwed-up people walking the face of the earth. I think I could write a little more information as days go on, that I may do, until, read on. Check back often; never know what you might read.
A  29th of Jan, 2010 by    +4 Votes
Two weeks ago, Plattner Automotive Group, which operates 11 dealerships in the State of Florida, agreed to settle a U.S. Department of Labor
investigation and pay $71, 129.00 in back wages to its employees. The
Department of Labor determined that the company had violated provisions
of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
One of the points stressed by the Department of Labor in that case was
that while there is an overtime exemption for commissioned automobile
salespersons, such salespersons must still be paid at least the federal
minimum wage for all of the hours that they work.

Most clients believe that most commissioned employees are not
entitled to overtime pay. However, that is not true. Some retail sales
employees are exempt from overtime pay, but these exemptions require
specific compliance with certain requirements. The classic example is
the case of automobile dealerships, where sales personnel are exempt
from the overtime pay requirement. Yet, this exemption is absolute.
There are certain requirements that must be met. In addition, with
respect to automobile salespersons, they must be paid at least the
minimum wage for all hours that they work, regardless of whether or not
they make a sale.

Typically, automobile salespersons are paid a set "draw" which is
usually based on working forty hours per week at the minimum wage or
slightly above the minimum wage. Problems arise if the salesperson
either works more than forty hours per week or does not sell any
automobiles. The problem is compounded if the salesperson works more
than forty hours per week and does not sell any automobiles. The
salesperson receives the draw, but does not receive any compensation
for work performed over forty hours per week.

Another exemption for commissioned salespersons is the retail sales
exemption. Typically, salespersons in a retail store are not entitled
to an overtime premium. However, in order to qualify for the exemption,
the following requirements must be met: (1) the employer must be a
retail store, with 75% of the annual sales being retail sales; (2) the
employee's regular rate of pay must exceed one and one-half times the
applicable minimum wage for every hour worked; and (3) more than half
of the employee's compensation must be in the form of commissions. If
all of these requirements are not met, then the employer does not
qualify for the retail sales exemption and an overtime premium must be
paid for all hours worked over forty per week.
A  16th of Mar, 2010 by    +2 Votes
looks like some one was pis--d
Plaintiff, )
Plaintiff-Intervenor )
v. )
Defendants. )
1. This Consent Decree (“Decree”) is made and entered into by and between
Plaintiff, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Plaintiff-Intervenor
Raymond Strack, and Defendants, Belle Glade Chevrolet-Cadillac-Buick-Pontiac-Oldsmobile,
Inc. (“Belle Glade Chevrolet”) and Plattner Automotive Group, Inc. (“Plattner”). EEOC, Strack,
and Defendants are collectively referred to as the “Parties” throughout this Decree.
2. Plaintiff EEOC filed this action alleging Defendants violated Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §2000e, et seq. (“Title VII”) when they subjected
Raymond Strack to sexual harassment and retaliated against Strack after he complained about the
sexual harassment. Specifically, EEOC alleged that Brian Paonessa sexually harassed Strack and
that Defendants did not take action to correct the sexual harassment, to remedy it, and/or to
prevent it from occurring in the future. EEOC alleged that Defendants retaliated against Strack
Case 9:07-cv-80169-DTKH Document 56-1 Entered on FLSD Docket 02/12/2008 Page 1 of 9
after he complained about sexual harassment. Plaintiff-Intervenor Stack filed an Intervenor’s
Complaint in this action alleging that Defendants violated the Florida Civil Rights Act in
connection with Strack’s employment. Defendants state that Plattner Automotive Group, Belle
Glade Chevrolet, and their owners and employees including Brian Paonessa expressly deny all of
EEOC’s and Strack’s allegations and any allegation of wrongdoing notwithstanding the entry of
this Consent Decree and settlement of the litigation. Defendants state that they agree to the
terms of this Decree as an exercise of business judgment.
3. Having engaged in comprehensive settlement negotiations, the Parties agree that
this action is resolved by the entry of this Consent Decree. This Decree resolves all issues and
claims set forth in the Complaints filed by EEOC and Intervenor Strack in this litigation. The
Parties further agree that this Decree does not resolve any pending or future Charges of
4. Having examined the terms and provisions of this Decree, and based on the
pleadings, record, and stipulations of the Parties, the Court finds the following:
a. This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this action and the
b. No Party shall contest the jurisdiction of this Court to enforce this Decree
and its terms or the right of EEOC to bring an enforcement suit upon alleged breach of any
term(s) of this Decree.
c. This Decree conforms with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Title
VII and is not in derogation of the rights or privileges of any person.
d. The terms of this Decree are and shall be binding upon the present and
future representatives, agents, directors, and officers, successor and assigns of Defendants.
Case 9:07-cv-80169-DTKH Document 56-1 Entered on FLSD Docket 02/12/2008 Page 2 of 9
5. Within thirty (30) calendar days of the entry of this Decree, Defendants shall
revise their anti-discrimination policy (“Policy”) and shall forward the Policy to EEOC. This
and any other submissions, reports, certifications, notices, or other materials that are required to
be submitted to EEOC shall be mailed to: Maria Kate Boehringer, Supervisory Trial Attorney,
United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, One Biscayne Tower, 2 S. Biscayne
Blvd., Ste. 2700, Miami, FL 33131.
6. Defendants’ Policy shall clearly define sexual harassment and other conduct
prohibited by Title VII and shall specifically prohibit harassing, demoting, firing, or taking any
adverse action against an employee because of gender. The Policy shall define and forbid sexual
harassment and shall specifically forbid same-sex harassment (sexual harassment between people
of the same gender). The Policy shall also provide that complaints of discrimination, whether
formal or informal, inquiries about making such complaints, or inquiries about Defendants’
Policy, may be made to any supervisor in the chain of command, or any other person with
managerial responsibility, or directly to human resources personnel. The Policy shall state that
no employee will be penalized in any manner for making a complaint of discrimination, seeking
information about making such a complaint, seeking information about Defendants’ Policy,
and/or participating in any investigation or follow-up contact concerning such a complaint. The
Policy shall strictly prohibit retaliation of any kind against employees who engage in such
conduct. The Policy shall state that prohibited behavior will not be tolerated from employees,
customers, clients, and any other person present at Defendants’ facilities.
7. Defendants’ revised Policy shall be distributed to all of Defendants’ employees
and management staff within sixty calendar days of the date of entry of this Decree and shall be
included in any relevant policy or employee manuals kept by Defendants’ business. The Policy
shall be kept and maintained in a conspicuous and accessible place for all employees at all of
Defendants’ facilities and printed in a font that is easily legible (at least 12 point font). The
Policy shall be kept and maintained in an area that is accessible to all workers.
8. A copy of the Policy shall be distributed to each new regular employee on the day
the employee is hired. The manager responsible for supervising the employee shall review the
Policy in depth with the employee. Defendants shall maintain records demonstrating that each
new employee discussed the Policy with the responsible manager and illustrating the length of
time spent discussing the Policy.
9. In order to further ensure the effective implementation of Defendants’ antidiscrimination
policy, Defendants will conduct a three hour training on the Policy for all of their
personnel at Defendants’ Belle Glade Chevrolet dealership and at Plattner Automotive Group,
Inc. with specific emphasis on recognizing sexual harassment, including sexual harassment
between people of the same gender, and acts that could constitute retaliation, and on the proper
procedure to be followed if managers, supervisory personnel, or other employees become aware
of discrimination in the workplace or if they receive complaints of discrimination. The training
shall be conducted during each of the two years covered by this Decree. Defendants agree to
provide EEOC at least two weeks notice before Defendants conduct their training sessions with
the date(s) and location(s) of the trainings and material to be used at the training sessions. The
trainings will be conducted by Opus Communications, Inc., 5700 Broadmoor, Ste. 400, Mission,
Kansas, 66202. The first training shall take place within sixty calendar days of entry of this
Decree. The remainder of the training sessions shall take place annually and no later than
February 15th of each year throughout the duration of this Decree.
10. Defendants agree that the discrimination Policy and training materials used for the
training described in paragraph 9 shall be presented and explained to all new employees who did
A  2nd of Jul, 2010 by     Best Advice +5 Votes
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N  9th of Jul, 2010 by    +1 Votes
I s all of this true? And were any of you actually performing at these store warranting pay? How ca someone own 11 dealerships and not pay any one? I am asking because I am considering working for this man.
A  18th of Oct, 2010 by    +3 Votes
I have made a great living in the Automotive industry for over 30 years, I have NEVER worked for a piece of human waste like Doug Plattner in 30 years if his lips are moving he is lying. His number one puppet Dave Canally is as bad as him, DO NOT work for this guy you will get screwed wether you punch a clock or are a GSM he screws EVERY ONE!

If you are one of the people he moved down from out of state with his promises of advertising and getting more inventory I feel sorry for you, get a real job while you can and leave Doug Plattner OFF of your resume.

Give him a call on his cell 941-374-4020 and tell him what a piece of crap he is for jerking people off.
N  6th of Nov, 2010 by    +1 Votes
I am a single mother of 2 children. And up until about a week and a half ago I worked for Doug Plattner. I was in the draw the first week I started there and was paid $366.76. whichI paid back with my next check . And from that point on I was never again in the draw. I quit a week and 3 days before I was to recieve my next check. And on this check I should have gotten my last 3 comissions to the tune of about $1200.00. minus the warrantys I sold... I have contacted the store since Friday morning leaving message after message for Mr plattner to contact me all to no avail. I have even called his cell phone and left messages. At this point I dont know what to do. I have contacted dept of labor and left a message. Its people like this that cause car salespeople to have a bad name. He is a very dishonest person. And this is just very bad business. I worked hard for this man and made him money the entire time I was there. And to not be paid for the sells that I made for him for his company just speaks volumes as to the type of person he is.. Its a shame that people dont know the truth behind the man that ownes Plattners Automotive Group...
A  6th of Nov, 2010 by    +1 Votes
He pays NO ONE! a complete [censor]! if you work for him he WILL screw you GUARANTEED!!! sooner or later he will not pay you.
N  5th of May, 2011 by    0 Votes
Hmm I was thinking of working for him and hope none of this is true.
N  19th of May, 2011 by    0 Votes
I worked for Plattner at the winter park store. In my tenure Plattner would delay the checks. and some people didnt get paid what was owed . He shorted my checks but it was never big. I made up for it with a dealer plate, demo and a gas card. In this game you have to take it...
A  18th of Mar, 2013 by    0 Votes
I am in the process of a class action law suit with the plattner automotive group. I currently have around a dozen former managers and employees on board. He has screwed the wrong person and this is happening. I have a great lawyer and he will take on anyone who wishes to be attached to this class action lawsuit. I am tired of trying to get what is legally mine. He is getting shut down. GM is on the verge of shutting his doors and welcomes the lawsuit to go through to make it possible. Any and all previous and current employees are welcome to join in the suit. you can email me at screwedplattner@gmail.com and leave your contact information. I will forward it to my attorney and go from there. Yes this is a new email as I am not comfortable with releasing my name to the public. You dont know how far this man will go to keep people quite.
N  30th of May, 2013 by    -1 Votes
This looks to me like a bunch of folks that took weekly draw payments but did not sell enough vehicles to overcome their advance/loan...SO, they get fired or asked to resign for lack of performance...Then, these lazy, no selling leeches file for unemployment and expect the company to participate...When the company settles, it's not an admission of wrong doing, but a business decision based on anticipation of attorneys fees out weighing the settlement amount..Remember, there is always two sides...I'd like to see the falsified employment applications of the disgruntled..Usually, they have a poor track record of past employment where they have never held a decent job, plus their previous employment consists of menial jobs where they only stayed several months...Wanting something for nothing is typical for new hires...Randall Cox. Auto Dealer Professional...
N  11th of Jun, 2013 by    -5 Votes
you obviously do not know Doug Plattner i.e. "Blivit" look it up if you dont know what a blivit is.
N  24th of Jun, 2013 by    +1 Votes
I worked for Dougy Boy for 1 month and have never seen or witnessed such deplorable behavior. I think it's maybe a Florida thing but don't believe anything he says and by no means don't work for him. He has a bad reputation as far as paying employees and vendors. I got out after the first lie that I witnessed and was able to find another job right away. If you are not able to work for free don't work for doogy. Chuck Kessler, or whatever his name is, does not surprise me cause I smelled a ### right away. I am surprised that Dave Canally would still be involved to do ### dirty work for him.


Glad I got out of there
N  4th of Oct, 2013 by    +1 Votes
ive never worked for them but ive recently purchased a truck from them that had been wrecked they failed to tell me that . it has frame damage . I baught the truck thursday monday I called and let them know the truck had a bad shake they told me it wasnt there prob . I had the truck inspected mon afternoon by a master tech who told me the frame was out of wack he suggested I get a print out . tuesday the wheel and axle came of while I was driving 60 mpg called again I was told it was my prob again . they towed the truck to arcadia store replaced the rear end I told them I didnt want the truck because it had been in an accident before I had baught it which he never told me about until after the deal was done . I called gm any managers tried to call doug plattner never got a responce.called jim with customer service told them I didnt want that truck . I was called today to take the loaner back and they were going to make this right and get me into another truck . when I got to arcadia jeff logan said I could trade the truck in on a different truck at my expense and id have to get another loan and they would roll everything into the loan and he offered to give me less for the wreckd truck than what I paid for it three weeks ago . I took the truck because it is my only trnsportation as soon as I got it I went straight to a collision center . the owner found tha the frame was twisted we are putting it on a machine tuesday . ive never seen anyone treat a custoner as badly as platners auto group wish I could have wrote everything . sorry about your bad experiences
A  16th of Oct, 2013 by    0 Votes
Yes you may be reading this and thhink that it is just bitter ex employees. But I assure you it is not. This man needs psycological help. I think he is sick and demented. I will not even begin to say how he has messed up my life temporarily. But I will say all that you are reading is most likely true. This man does not pay his bills or his vendors. You can not even get a dent fixed at one of his stores. Furthermore he won't even pay his CRM companies either. He just lets it get turned off and then move to another. He has the money or so I have heard but no intentions of parting with it to employees or bill collectors.
A  17th of Oct, 2013 by    +1 Votes
Doug Plattner is an absolute tee-total piece of ###. If he is talking to you, he is lying. He is without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest piece of ### on Planet Earth. He is universally hated by his customers and his employees. I would give my last dollar just to have a chance to kick his narrow ###.
A  18th of Oct, 2013 by    +2 Votes

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