Thursday, June 12, 2014

This is not a typical EEOC thing, I'll bet

Thanks to Reuters, I've learned of Onionhead doctrine: 
(Reuters) - A federal agency sued a New York customer service provider on Wednesday after allegations the company forced employees to pray, thank God for their jobs and say "I love you" to managers and colleagues at work, and fired those who protested. 
The Long Island-based United Health Programs of America and its parent company, Cost Containment Group, required workers to practice a spiritual belief system called Onionhead while on the job, in violation of their civil and religious rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in the complaint. 
The company fired several employees who refused to adhere to the Onionhead doctrine, which was created by the aunt of the company's owner, the complaint said. 
In one case, an IT project and account manager was disciplined after she complained to management in 2010 that she was Catholic and did not want to participate in the spiritual activities, according to the complaint. 
A month after she complained, the employee was removed from her office and relocated to an open customer service area, while a large statue of a Buddha was placed in her former office. She protested to the owner that the move amounted to a demotion and was fired, the complaint said. 
"While religious or spiritual practices may indeed provide comfort and community to many people, it is critical to be aware that federal law prohibits employers from coercing employees to take part in them," Sunu Chandy, senior trial attorney at the commission, said in a statement.
Man, I woulda been out of there so fast...

5 comments:

  1. Sounds like a company that belongs on the West Coast... Next we'll have the Mr Potatohead religion (only practiced in Idaho). gr

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  2. Wow, this story is...wow

    They had to say "I love you" to their bosses? That's amazing.

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  3. Makes me wonder if Reuters has been duped by The Onion

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  4. But wait there's more! Oh My!

    From the Harnessing Happiness site:

    It is not what is Onionhead - it is who is Onionhead? Onionhead is this incredibly pure, wise and adorable character who teaches us how to name it - claim it - tame it - aim it. Onion spelled backwards is ‘no-i-no’. He wants everyone to know how they feel and then know what to do with those feelings. He helps us direct our emotions in a truthful and compassionate way. Which in turn assists us to communicate more appropriately and peacefully. In turn, we then approach life from a place of our wellness rather than a place of our wounds.

    His motto is: peel it - feel it - heal it

    Echoing Unstable Isotope above - wow....simply wow

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