Difficult decisions have to be made

Our Town of White Springs is in a devastating money crunch.  One thing which I noted when the budget was being worked out is that Ben Frye with salary and benefits actually is paid more than Ray Vaughn who has more experience and has been with White Springs longer.

Although the EEOC does not allow discrimination, based upon age, please note their statement below:

Pay And Benefits

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee in the payment of wages or employee benefits on the bases of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Employee benefits include sick and vacation leave, insurance, access to overtime as well as overtime pay, and retirement programs. For example, an employer many not pay Hispanic workers less than African-American workers because of their national origin, and men and women in the same workplace must be given equal pay for equal work.

In some situations, an employer may be allowed to reduce some employee benefits for older workers who have more serious health problems, but only if the cost of providing the reduced benefits is the same as the cost of providing benefits to younger workers. We can thank Ms. Tebo for this matter who doesn’t care one way or another whether our Town goes down and she is still working toward that devious goal with former employees/volunteers like Preuter and Tomlinson

An attorney needs to look into this matter by reason of whether someone who precedes the additional employee is in essence making less money with more experience, due to the health insurance benefits which constitute higher premiums being paid when the original employee does not have the health risks.Employers offering higher wages to new hires than they’re paying to tenured workers in the same positions—or even to more-senior employees—is a form of pay compression. … If a new employee is making more than his or her manager, that is not necessarily a problem

I never understood why our own Curtis Johnson wasn’t considered for a promotion and always wondered whether our town in actuality discriminated against him.  He is capable and willing to work.

Now I know one of our councilors complained that he did not flush out the hydrants long enough; however, was he given guidelines?  Furthermore, I realize we have a volunteer fire department but in most municipalities, it is the duty of the Fire Department to flush the hydrants.



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