The league’s Long Island chapter has successfully concluded its dispute with Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York.
During the 1995 Christmas season, the Long Island board was notified that a hospital employee was summarily terminated after objecting to a display on hospital bulletin boards of a distasteful cartoon depiction of the Holy Family. Long Island chapter president Chuck Mansfield and attorney Frank Schroeder, a chapter board member, immediately notified the hospital that the league would not stand idly by in the face of such a discriminatory decision.
Mansfield subsequently met and otherwise communicated with hospital officials, as a result of which the league does not anticipate similar situations at this hospital in the future. While the terminated employee did not wish reinstatement and quickly became re-employed elsewhere, Winthrop agreed to provide him with lost wages during the period of his unemployment, as well as to accept his letter of resignation and rescind his termination.