May 23, 2016

Now Recruiting For: Director of Real Estate Development Lancaster, PA

Director of Real Estate Development

In an economy that is yielding very little career opportunities, we are excited to be retained by this wonderful organization, Community Basics, Inc. to assist in recruiting a Director of Real Estate Development for their Lancaster, PA location.

Community Basics, Inc. (CBI) addresses the ongoing need for affordable housing by partnering with federal, state and local organizations to build and manage rental communities for moderate-income families and individuals throughout Lancaster County and surrounding areas.

Start building your brighter tomorrow today.

Some Essential Duties:

  • Assisting the team in locating potential new projects and develops strategies to obtain financing for such projects, including preparation of funding applications.
  • Responsible for coordinating architects, general contractors, planning consultants market analysts, environmental consultants and other third party contractors.
  • Coordinating development team members during pre-development of projects.
  • Responsible for coordinating methods for obtaining local municipality planning approvals, including communication with specific community groups, government officials and neighborhood residents.
  • Responsible for attending job meetings and advise on construction issues concerning projects in the building stage.
  • Assisting in the preparation of funding presentations to governmental officials, lending and other funding institutions.

Some Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with experience construction and development.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience with building design, land planning and/or government processes preferred.
  • Computer experience is required (including Microsoft office suite).

It is critical that employees support the attainment of our organization’s Mission, as well as align their performance, goal setting, and focus on realizing our organization’s Vision.

Some Required Personal Attributes:

  • Self-Starter.
  • Detail Oriented.
  • Professional attitude.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to learn quickly in a complex environment.
  • Self-confidence.
  • Strong people skills.
  • Must be able to culturally adapt to the customers.

Just like all Community Basics employees, the conduct of this employee must be consistent with good character, and must be an appropriate reflective of our organization’s heritage. Complete support of and willing adherence to Community Basics mission and vision. Applicant must hold these standards as his/her own.

Location Will Be:

Community Basics Inc.
941 Wheatland Ave
#204 Lancaster, PA 17603

Due to the overwhelming response we anticipate we ask that you are patient during the selection and interview process. All qualified applicants will be notified.

Cover letter should include why you should be considered for the position and what would make you the best candidate.

All qualified individuals may submit a resume and letter of interest to:

Email HR@InHISNameHR.com

Community Basics Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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May 18, 2016

Human Resource Leaders Launch Christian HR Community Support Forums

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LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — In HIS Name HR has joined with Christian HR experts and leaders to initiate a dynamic new community designed to nurture and support Christian HR professionals via monthly forums.

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These forums  in a private, non-judgmental environment, and encourage members to apply Christian practices in their dealings with customers, employees, customers and vendors.

The primary goal of this initiative is to enable Christian HR professionals to achieve a successful and satisfying life, offering an opportunity to regroup at its monthly forums and learn how to identify and balance their organizational, career, personal and spiritual goals.

Each session is held in a confidential setting, facilitated by a seasoned Christian HR professional. The forums are run with a Biblical approach, and include prayer devotions and fellowship over lunch before each session.

President and founder of In HIS Name HR LLC Mark A. Griffin spoke of how the forums encourage growth in the Christian HR professional community.

“The forums are supported by Christian human resources leaders who have experienced feeling isolated, and have overcome the types of personal and professional challenges those who attend the forums face,” Mr. Griffin said.

Topics range from how to successfully develop high-performance recruitment systems, implement high-performance employee review programs, employee relations and development, and how to tackle these and other issues as a Christian leader, and are covered in depth through training-based open discussions.

To find out more and join the forums, visit.

For further information contact:

Mark Griffin
In HIS Name HR LLC
717-572-2183
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ABOUT In HIS Name HR

Founded by HR expert Mark A. Griffin, in 2011, In HIS Name HR is guided by Christian values and strives to reflect Christ in all areas, starting with the view that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, and that your employees are part of your organization’s family.

In HIS Name HR provides progressive HR programs to increase productivity and profitability, eliminate non-value-added practices and enhance employee wellbeing. The company provides round-the-clock support and representation in all HR situations.

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SOURCE In HIS Name HR

May 3, 2016

Special Anniversary Pricing How To Build “ Kingdom-Minded” Organizations

Special for the month of May 2016

Kindle pricing $2.99 and half off Softcover $5.49

This month we are celebrating our 4 year publication anniversary.   In How To Build “ Kingdom-Minded” Organizations, author, speaker and accomplished HR consultant Mark A. Griffin gives Christian leaders encouragement in building values-led organizations during these difficult economic times.

Most importunately Mark shows you how to make it happen. Using a model he developed through years of organizational development experiences, Mark demonstrates how to integrate your Mission, Vision and Values into all of your HR practices. This ensures your Christ centered culture is integrated into your organization and maintained into the future.

 

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With over 20 years of Human Resources experience at both fortune (Kodak, Quaker Oats Company, and Merck Pharmaceutical) as well as small and mid-sized companies, Mark has seen it all. Enjoy reading Mark’s thoughts on how you might best build “Kingdom Minded” Organizations in today’s “politically correct” business world.

Let Mark inspire you to be bold and brave in your faith, by ensuring Christ is in your workplace.

 

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About The Author 

Mark A. Griffin is the founder and chief consultant of In HIS Name HR LLC, a human resources outsourcing and career coaching firm created to help companies pilot the complex issues of managing HR.

As a human resources professional with 20-plus years of experience in both public (Quaker Oats Company, Kodak Inc., Merck Inc.) and private companies (Woolrich, Conestoga Wood Specialties, Valco Companies Inc.), Mark is passionate about building high performance workplaces through utilizing best practices while leading companies with strong values.

While serving in the United States Air Force, Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Administration from Saint Leo University. He earned his MBA from Bloomsburg University while interning for Congressmen Kanjorski as a Military Liaison during the first Gulf War. Mark has completed several executive education programs at the University of Michigan and is a certified practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Instrument MBTI®.

Mark and his wife, Gail, have two adult children, and will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary June 2016. They attend LCBC Church. Mark has traveled the world coaching leaders on “Business as Mission” in Eastern Europe, India,  Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Mark is an author of How to Build “Kingdom-Minded” Organizations and College to Career: The Student Guide to Career and Life Navigation.

Speaker and accomplished HR consultant, Mark A. Griffin gives Christian leaders encouragement in building values-led organizations during these difficult economic times.

Contact: Mark A. Griffin, In HIS Name HR LLC, 717-572-2183, MGriffin@InHISNameHR.com

 

 

Apr 19, 2016

Now Recruiting Finance Manager McAlisterville PA

Maple Lawn Associates (MLA) is committed to setting the standard as a supplier of specialty eggs to the Northeast U.S. market.  A family business established in 1928, MLA values humility, integrity, stewardship, innovation, and excellence.

Purpose of Position:  

The Finance Manager has the primary responsibility for overseeing the accounting functions and for providing financial reports, advice, and support to the President and management team, thus enabling them to make sound business decisions. The Finance Manager is also specifically responsible for financial preparations for customer contract negotiations.

Some Essential Duties:

  • Responsible for 1-2 direct reports.
  • Supervise the staff performing the accounting functions of AR, AP, payroll (in-house), pricing etc.
  • Research, develop, and maintain product-costing models that provide instantaneous key performance indicator information to company stakeholders.
  • Responsible for making sure that the payroll is done accurately and timely.
  • Produce accurate & timely financial reports on a monthly basis.
  • Provide and interpret financial information for the owners and managers annually, monthly, weekly, and when requested.
  • Monitor and interpret cash flows and predict future trends.

Position Requirements:

  • Four year Business Management Degree in Accounting, Training, or equivalent experience.
  • 8 -12 years related experience and/or training.
  • Experience in QuickBooks and cost accounting required.
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel required.
  • It is critical that employees support the attainment of our organization’s Mission, as well as align their performance, goal setting, and focus on realizing our company’s Vision. This should be accomplished within the published Values of Maple Lawn Associates.

Required Personal Attributes:

Just like all Maple Lawn employees, the conduct of this employee must be consistent with good character, and must be an appropriate reflective of our company’s heritage.  Complete support of and willing adherence to Maple Lawn’s mission and vision. Applicant must hold these standards as his/her own.

Benefits:

  • 401k Profit Sharing Plan
  • Cash Balance Pension Plan
  • Vision coverage
  • Health insurance
  • Paid vacation/ holidays/ sick days/ personal days
  • Free eggs (for employee and their household, only)

Location Will Be:

Maple Lawn Associates
2394 Black Dog Valley Road
McAlisterville, PA 17049

Maple Lawn is an equal opportunity employer.

All qualified individuals may submit a resume and letter of interest to:

Email HR Team

E.O.E. m/f/h/v

 

Apr 13, 2016

Managing Employees To Success Seminar May 25, 2016 Lancaster PA

It’s no secret that businesses want to succeed. It also should be no surprise that their employees want to succeed! Of course, there’s often a strong, positive relationship between the two—when employees succeed, so do the organizations they serve. A key question, then, becomes: How can organizations most effectively encourage and support their employees’ success? Mark Griffin, founder of In HIS Name HR and a professional with more than two decades of experience working with high performance organizations, is uniquely qualified to explore this question. Managing Employees to Success promises to be an interesting and interactive event that will offer fresh ideas and productivity-enhancing insights for employers and employees alike.

Limited Seating Register Below 

Benefits Of Seminar

This seminar provides practical core Human Resources education for anyone that is directly or indirectly involved in leading employees. Using best practices from several high performing organizations, relevant HR competencies are presented in a manner in which participants can reflect, compare and contrast, form opinion and personal approach and implement upon their return to the work place. This seminar will also help prepare people within your organization who may want to move into a supervisory role. The training is highly interactive (includes table exercises) and gives participants the opportunity to collaborate with other organizations.

Topics To Be Covered

Creating a high performance culture through practical HR competency development
Where most organizations go wrong engaging employees
Setting expectations
HR tools for creating success
Employee policy manuals
Codes of Conduct
Employee relations and communications
Performance management
Counseling and discipline procedures
Terminations
An overview of labor laws

Who Should Attend

Business Owners
Office Managers charged with Human Resources Responsibilities
Vice Presidents, Directors & Managers
Employment Managers, HR Managers and Employee Relations Professionals
HR Generalists, HR Analysts, HR Coordinators and HR Supervisors
HR Administrators
Supervisors
Managers

About The Presenter

Mark A. Griffin is the founder and chief consultant of In HIS Name HR LLC, a human resources outsourcing and career coaching firm created to help companies pilot the complex issues of managing HR.

As a human resources professional with 20-plus years of experience in both public (Quaker Oats Company, Kodak Inc., Merck Inc.) and private companies (Woolrich, Conestoga Wood Specialties, Valco Companies Inc.), Mark is passionate about building high performance workplaces through utilizing best practices while leading companies with strong values.

While serving in the United States Air Force, Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Administration from Saint Leo University. He earned his MBA from Bloomsburg University while interning for Congressmen Kanjorski as a Military Liaison during the first Gulf War. Mark has completed several executive education programs at the University of Michigan and is a certified practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Instrument MBTI®.

Date And Time 

May 25, 2016, 8AM-10AM

Location

Lancaster Bible College

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Limited seating for this event. To register for this free event with a light breakfast included contact:

Barbi Cottingham
INGROUP Associates
717.509.8803

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About The INGROUP

At INGROUP Associates, we are leaders in employee benefits innovation, technology, and service and plan management. We bring our clients the latest and most comprehensive solutions on the market, allowing them to customize a strategy that delivers based upon their unique needs.

It is INGROUP’s mission to partner with our clients to help them build Healthy Bodies, Healthy Living, & Healthy Teams in their organizations. We accomplish this by cultivating long-lasting relationships, advising and educating, providing solutions, adding value, and acting with integrity. The passion and commitment we deliver to every client exemplifies the foundation upon which our company is built.

About Patrick Moran

Patrick T. Moran II, CLU, President and Founder of INGROUP, has been in the benefits consulting business since graduating from college in 1985. Initially, his practice focused on individual life, disability and retirement products, representing primarily Northwestern Mutual Life Ins. Co.

He quickly realized that he enjoyed working with business owners and, following the completion of their individual insurance planning, they often asked for his assistance with their employee benefit coverage’s. This employee benefit practice grew to be known as INGROUP Associates, Inc.

Today, INGROUP has grown to be one of the larger employee benefits consulting firms in Central PA. Pat serves on several senior management Broker Advisory Boards with the leading health insurance carriers in Central PA. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and is a graduate of Bloomsburg University

 

Mar 31, 2016

Impact 360 Gives Workplace Leaders a Positive Push

 

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LANCASTER, Pa.March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Workplace relationships are a vital element of a productive and positive work environment, and Christian Business Consultants, In His Name HR, are offering Impact 360, a newly developed leadership tool that will lend more transparency to businesses, available from April 1, 2016 through InHisNameHR.com.

Impact 360 is a tool that provides workplace leaders with anonymous, aggregated and meaningful feedback from the people who work with them. Depending on the organization, this could include the employee’s manager, peers, and direct reports.

Receiving feedback from these diverse sources allows each leader to discover how their colleagues view their effectiveness as an employee, coworker and staff member.

President and Founder of In His Name HR, Mark Griffin, said Impact 360 is an invaluable tool that allows feedback and constructive criticism to be given honestly and professionally.

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For further information, interviews or images, please contact:

Mark A. Griffin
President
717-572-2183
MGriffin@InHISNameHR.com

Feb 24, 2016

Louisville KY * How To Build “High Performance” Organizations

September 29, 2016

Louisville KY

 

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How To Build “High Performance” Organizations

Do you want to take your organization to the next level? Now more than ever, organizational leadership needs to create a platform to help employees succeed. Come and learn how to do this by implementing processes that will lead your organization to High Performance.

Leading an organization with clarity in Mission, Vision and, most importantly, Values makes good organizational leadership sense. We call organizations that do that successfully, “High Performance Organizations,” or simply HPO’s.

The HPO experience:

  • Incredible organizational growth
  • Builds great HR integration
  • Less employee morale issues
  • Increased donor support
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Higher quality project delivery
  • Better perceptions from your community and recipients of services

 

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About The Speaker

Mark A. Griffin is the founder and chief consultant of In HIS Name HR LLC, a human resources outsourcing and career coaching firm created to help companies pilot the complex issues of managing HR.

As a human resources professional with 20-plus years of experience in both public (Quaker Oats Company, Kodak Inc., Merck Inc.) and private companies (Woolrich, Conestoga Wood Specialties, Valco Companies Inc.), Mark is passionate about building high performance workplaces through utilizing best practices while leading companies with strong values.

While serving in the United States Air Force, Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Administration from Saint Leo University. He earned his MBA from Bloomsburg University while interning for Congressmen Kanjorski as a Military Liaison during the first Gulf War. Mark has completed several executive education programs at the University of Michigan and is a certified practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Instrument MBTI®.

Mark and his wife, Gail, have two adult children, and will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this June. They attend LCBC Church. Mark has traveled the world coaching leaders on “Business as Mission” in Eastern Europe, India,  Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Mark is an author of How to Build “Kingdom-Minded” Organizations and College to Career: The Student Guide to Career and Life Navigation.

Speaker and accomplished HR consultant, Mark A. Griffin gives Christian leaders encouragement in building values-led organizations during these difficult economic times.

 

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Jan 15, 2016

Now Recruiting Estimator / Project Manager Harrisburg PA

Hershocks Inc. is committed to understanding, meeting and exceeding their customer’s expectations. Established in 1935 and a leading commercial glass and aluminum contractor has an opening for an individual in its Service and Small Contract Division. This person would be estimating, bidding, and then project managing commercial window, door, and storefront installations.

Some Responsibilities:

  • Visit project locations to assess customer needs
  • Prepare accurate bid based on job scope, specs, and drawings
  • Present quote to customer
  • Maintain detailed records of each project estimated
  • Order material and project manage each job awarded
  • Develop relationships with existing and new customers
  • Work together with rest of department management team

Some Requirements:

  • Minimum of High School education
  • Five years of experience in the commercial glass and glazing industry
  • Ability to read and extract information from architectural drawings
  • CAD experience a plus
  • Higher education in Construction Management a plus
  • Must have excellent communication skills and be a team player

Required Personal Attributes

Just like all Hershocks employees, the conduct of this employee must be consistent with good character, must be an appropriate reflective of our company’s heritage.  Complete support of and willing adherence to Hershocks’s mission and vision. Applicant must hold these standards as his/her own.

Benefits:

  • Health Insurance
  • 401K Plan
  • Profit Sharing Plan
  • Paid Vacation / Holidays

Location Will Be:

Hershocks Commercial Glass and Glazing
3501 N. 6th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17011

Hershocks, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer

All qualified individuals may submit a resume and letter of interest to:

Email HR Team

E.O.E. m/f/h/v

 

Nov 30, 2015

How Bad Human Resource Practices Cost You Millions

Many potential clients seek a silver bullet when it comes to the hiring process. They want to set up electronic application systems and implement pre-employment testing to objectively and efficiently screen applicants so they can hire the best candidates.

They want to optimize the process, to speed the days to hire-up. They want candidates fast. They want a paperless process and a filtering system to eliminate candidates that don’t match their requirements.

Unfortunately, not being sure of what you’re doing, and working with unwise counsel, is a minefield you do not want to find yourself in and the results could be downright explosive.

I recently did some preliminary research on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) cases that have headlined in the past several months, painting a damaging picture of some very prominent companies. The cases revolved around such factors as:

  • Pre-employment testing
  • Unlawful employment application questions
  • Disability discrimination

In actuality, many organizations, even those with the best intentions, ask questions that can inadvertently result in disparate treatment across a broad spectrum of minority candidates. Organizations also rely on invalid forms of pre-employment testing as a screening tool, ones they may not aware might disqualify minority candidates at a higher rate than non-minorities.

 

Read The Entire Article Here: Christian Leadership Alliance Guest Post  

 

Nov 18, 2015

Why Pre-Employment Testing May Cost You Millions

Is your organization unknowingly violating federal and state employment laws? If so, you’re not alone. Many unsuspecting professionals in both profit and nonprofit organizations manage via flawed human resource practices.

Why is being compliant with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) laws through proper HR practices important? Read the following cases to understand how organizations that thought they were doing things right discovered the hard way that they were not.

Large Company Cases

Target to pay $2.8M to upper-level applicants in EEOC settlement

Tests for upper-level jobs screened out blacks, Asians and women, EEOC says.

Target Corp. has agreed to pay $2.8 million to thousands of rejected job candidates for upper-level positions because tests they were given disproportionately screened out applicants based on their race or gender.

The payout was announced Monday by the Minneapolis Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and will be disbursed among more than 3,000 people, said Julie Schmid, acting director for the agency in Minneapolis. Source

BMW to Pay $1.6 Million and Offer Jobs to Settle Federal Race Discrimination Lawsuit

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina today entered a consent decree ordering BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (BMW) to pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities to alleged victims of race discrimination as part of the resolution of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit, filed by EEOC’s Charlotte District Office, alleged that BMW excluded African-American logistics workers from employment at a disproportionate rate when the company’s new logistics contractor applied BMW’s criminal conviction records guidelines to incumbent logistics employees. Source

United Airlines to Pay over $1 Million To Settle Disability Lawsuit

Supreme Court Lets Stand 7th Circuit Ruling That Reassignment Is Reasonable Accommodation

In a case that garnered nationwide attention, air transportation giant United Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay more than $1 million and implement changes to settle a federal disability lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC’s lawsuit charged that United’s competitive transfer policy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The law requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee or job applicant with a disability, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship for the employer. By requiring workers with disabilities to compete for vacant positions for which they were qualified and which they needed in order to continue working, the company’s practice frequently prevented employees with disabilities from continuing employment with United, the EEOC said.  Source

Small to Medium Sized Company Cases

Stack Bros. to Pay $140,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination and Retaliation Suit

Employees Were Fired at Superior, Wis., Firm for Turning 62, Federal Agency Charged

MADISON, Wis. – Stack Bros. Mechanical Contractors, Inc. of Superior, Wis., a major heating and plumbing contractor in northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota, will pay $140,000 and furnish other relief to settle an age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

According to EEOC’s suit, Stack Bros. discrim­inated against Randy Virta and Karen Kolodzeske by firing them when they turned 62 in 2014. Stack Bros. also retaliated against Kolodzeske for resisting its plans to fire her, EEOC alleged.

According to Julianne Bowman, director of the EEOC’s Chicago District, which includes Wisconsin, the agency’s pre-lawsuit investigation revealed that both Virta and Kolodzeske repeatedly warned Stack Bros.’ owner that his plan to fire them when they turned 62 was illegal. However, the owner refused to relent, and, after firing Virta, retaliated against Kolodzeske for her complaints by denying her a raise, suspending her without pay for two days and creating a hostile work environment while waiting for her to turn 62. Virta and Kolodzeske had worked for Stack Bros. for 16 and 25 years, respectively. Source

Texas Oil Field Services Company Pays $30,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Only Female Roustabout Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment, Agency Charged

DALLAS – An Iraan, Texas oil field construction and services company will pay $30,000 and furnish other relief to settle a retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Pecos Division (4:14-CV-00073-DAE), charged that Garrison Contractors, Inc. fired its only female roustabout, Elma Garza, after she reported being sexually harassed on the job.

Hired by the company in January 2012 as a dump truck driver, Garza spent most of her employment as the company’s only female oil field worker. In this roustabout position, Garza worked side by side with her male co-workers fixing oil and gas leaks, digging ditches and cleaning heavy equipment. EEOC said that during her employment, Garza was subjected to lewd comments about female organs and sex. EEOC contends that when Garza reported the unwanted conduct, the company retaliated against her by terminating her.

Retaliation for reporting sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.  Source

EEOC Sues Seymour Midwest for Age Discrimination

Agency Alleges Company Rejected an Applicant Older than Its Ideal Age

INDIANAPOLIS — Seymour Midwest, a Warsaw, Indiana, hand tool manufacturing company, violated federal law when it rejected a 58-year-old executive upon learning that he was older than the company’s ideal age range of 45-52, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

According to EEOC’s suit, Seymour Midwest selected Steve Maril, from a pool of applicants for its senior vice president of sales position, to participate in an initial, email-based interview. In addition to questions about Maril’s experience and willingness to relocate, the company asked whether Maril was within its ideal age range of 45-52. When Seymour Midwest learned that Maril was older than its ideal age range, the company refused to hire him.  Source 

Church and Nonprofit Cases

EEOC Sues United Bible Fellowship Ministries for Pregnancy Discrimination

Organization’s Policy Requiring Pregnant Employees to Resign Is Discriminatory, Federal Agency Charges

HOUSTON – United Bible Fellowship Ministries, Inc., an organization that provides faith-based, community social services, violated federal law when it forced female employees out of their jobs because of their pregnancies, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit announced today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, Shamira Johnson worked as a resource technician, providing home care assistance to disabled individuals. Her duties included housecleaning, light laundering, administering medication, cooking and assisting with personal hygiene and grooming. United Bible terminated Johnson and other pregnant employees according to its “Pregnancy in the Workplace Policy” which required pregnant women in direct client-care positions to stop working during their pregnancy and reapply for a vacant job once they were no longer pregnant. Johnson did not return to work at United Bible after her pregnancy. The policy also unlawfully required applicants to disclose their pregnancy when applying for employment.  Source

Inconsistencies in Termination Decision Wipe out Employer’s Victory

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently erased the victory of the Good Samaritan Ministries in an employee termination case, Ledbetter v. Good Samaritan Ministries, et al., — F.3d —- (7th Cir. Feb. 6, 2015), sending the case back to the trial court for further litigation.

The employee, Linzie Ledbetter (male), worked in a homeless shelter and food pantry. After a shelter resident complained about Ledbetter’s alleged threat to evict her, Ledbetter’s supervisors met with him and warned him that such behavior could result in disciplinary action, including termination. As a result, Ledbetter filed an EEOC charge—and later, a federal lawsuit—claiming race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Shortly thereafter, Ledbetter filed a second EEOC charge for race discrimination and was subsequently warned again about his behavior toward the shelter residents and toward his co-workers. The day after his supervisors learned of the second EEOC charge, they fired Ledbetter, prompting a third EEOC charge and another lawsuit for retaliation.

In the trial court, Good Samaritan Ministries and its supervisors argued that Ledbetter’s termination was not prompted by the second EEOC charge, because they had decided to fire him five days before they even knew of the charge. The trial court agreed with their argument and granted summary judgment in their favor.  Source

King’s Way Baptist Church Sued By EEOC for Retaliation

Kindergarten Teacher at Church’s Christian School Fired for Complaining About Sexual Harassment by Pastor, Federal Agency Charges

ATLANTA – The King’s Way Baptist Church, Inc. of Douglasville, Ga., violated federal law when it fired a kindergarten teacher at its King’s Way Christian School for reporting sexual harassment by its chief executive officer / pastor, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed recently.

According to the EEOC’s complaint, the pastor repeatedly subjected the teacher to sexual harassment by touching her inappropriately and made veiled threats to her if she should complain. When the teacher complained about the harassment, rather than taking measures to prevent any further harassment, King’s Way fired her.

These actions violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from firing, demoting, harassing or otherwise retaliating against employees because they complained to their employer about discrimination on the job. EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. The King’s Way Baptist Church, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:15-cv-03816) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. EEOC is seeking back pay and compensatory and punitive damages for the former teacher, as well as injunctive relief designed to prevent future discrimination.  Source

Miscellaneous Cases Of Interest

Employers Beware: EEOC Stepping Up Disability Discrimination Enforcement

On the heels of that news, 10 of the 22 lawsuits filed or settlements reached by the EEOC in May included allegations of disability discrimination. That’s a .455 batting average for the ADA, which is none too shabby in anyone’s book. Some of the issues addressed by the EEOC in the past month include:

A $72,500 settlement with an Akron, Ohio, medical transportation services company, which fired an EMT-paramedic with multiple sclerosis instead of providing additional leave as a reasonable accommodation.

A $110,000 settlement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company, which medically disqualified a track maintenance worker because of degenerative disc disease without doing an individualized assessment of whether he could perform the essential functions of his job.

A $90,000 settlement with a Tennessee nursing home facility, which terminated an HIV-positive nurse.

An $18,000 settlement with an Alabama athletic apparel retailer, which fired a legally blind sales clerk (who lost his full use of his sight while serving in the Army) without any consideration of whether an accommodation, such as a magnifying glass or a new computer monitor, might be reasonable.  Source

 

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At In HIS Name HR LLC our primary role is to assist the client to identify needs, develop an action plan and facilitate change to enhance the success of your organization. Our management, human resource, and training services are designed to improve quality, safety, productivity, efficiency, and communication while improving employee morale.

With our vast experiences spanning many industries we will create the HR programs that will drive excellence. Contact us today. You will be glad you did.

Don’t be left unprepared.  Contact us today.  You will be glad you did. 

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