Dorney allegedly dismisses special needs employee, then offers a job

Posted Friday, February 5, 2016 4:53 PM | Contributed by Jeff

fter a wave of social media outrage, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom officials on Friday said that they have offered to rehire a 29-year-old special needs man who has cleaned bathrooms at the amusement park for 12 seasons. But Christopher Emery's mother said she doesn't want her son going back to the South Whitehall Township park to face more humiliation.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 7:35 PM

HR works in mysterious and stupid ways. I've worked for the same school system for 14 years starting as a sub and then personal attendant for special needs students. Within the district if I bid on a position I have to go through an entire interview process by a panel of as many as five people from the building that the open position is in and that's assuming they even choose to consider interviewing me which usually doesn't happen unless I'm already working in the building the opening is in. And like I said, I've already been here for 14 years and am never without a long term assignment for more than 2 weeks. Last time I subbed I made it 4 work days before I had a teacher begging me to take the open position I had subbed for 2 days. Special Ed loves me. Human resources would be perfectly content if I were run over by a bus and their enthusiasm shows every time I'm forced to interact with them. I avoid them like the plague. My niece was recently told she did not qualify to sub for this district by human resources despite having a current teaching license, several years of teaching experience and previously being employed by the district as a sub leaving on good terms. HR would not specify why. We are currently so short of substitutes that memos have been sent to teachers asking them not to use any of their personal or sick days due to the shortage of subs. If the park's HR is anyhting like ours it's no surprise someone could fall completely though the cracks like this.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 8:14 PM
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I guess I've been fortunate with the HR departments I've worked with over the years. That's insane.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 9:07 PM

^^ But Paisley has the problem of different buildings/Administrations involved. That is not the case at Dorney--it's the SAME job, same place.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016 12:06 PM
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It is not different administrations, she said it was within the same district.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:19 PM

Each building has its own principal.

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Friday, February 19, 2016 5:12 PM

But if the new hiring policy was being implemented throughout Cedar Fair, I can see where mistakes could happen. How long did it take to get their act together with the season passes chain-wide? At least two years, and that's just computer systems. Throw people with all different interpretations of the new process in the mix, and it makes sense that the ball was dropped somewhere.

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Monday, February 22, 2016 10:05 PM

Captain Hawkeye said:

Each building has its own principal.

Just like the supervisor that knew what kind of worker the guy was and what his individual situation is would not be a member of HR and so HR may not have been aware of this particular employee's situation and that it merits some special attention until after it got some very public attention. Going between departments is likely no different than going between buildings.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 12:45 PM

Wow, this story still has legs.

I'm still waiting to hear an accurate, factual account as to what actually happened here.

And talk about a PR fail for Dorney. A big part of dealing with a PR disaster is managing the story and getting your side out. Since the GM FB release a few weeks ago, Dorney has been pretty much silent on the incident. So either they screwed up big time and are hoping silence and time will make this go away, or this is an epic fail on the part of their PR team for not at least trying to balance out the story.

Hey, right, wrong or indifferent, at least it got some people to talk and bring awareness about it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 2:40 PM
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It's Internet mob mentality at its worst. What exactly do they want to happen? The park said they will gladly hire the guy back this year.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 11:16 PM

I'm kinda wondering if Dorney realizes they're damned if they do, damned if they don't because of the mob mentality Jeff mentioned. I've tried to keep a close eye on things, and there has been nothing significant from Dorney other than what we've already covered. I had heard very early on that Autism Speaks had pulled their walk, but I was hoping that since I hadn't heard anything regarding that since the whole thing started calming down, the Autism Speaks organization had changed their minds. Apparently not.

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