Stop the retaliation and discrimination of Careen L. Sisk
  • Petitioned Tom Dickson

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FACHE, CEO, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Tom Dickson
President, CEO, Banner Health AZ

Stop the retaliation and discrimination of Careen L. Sisk

    1. John Eight ThirtyTwo
    2. Petition by

      John Eight ThirtyTwo

      Peoria, AZ

January 2013


From Petition Organizer: In addition to forwarding a link for this petition to Banner Health and suggesting it find its way to those who might be concerned, i also asked Careen to write a letter to her direct supervisor, their director, and Human Resources stating clearly that she felt discriminated & outlined the same points listed in this petition. Within a couple of days Her supervisor set up a meeting & within a couple of weeks they had rewritten her schedule to correct their gross "oversight".

     Careen in a psychiatric nurse who was recruited by Banner Thunderbird Hospital in Glendale, Arizona in 2010 resulting in her giving up everything she had known in her home of upstate New York to pursue her career with this organization. Sadly, after only 2 years of service with them (2 years of exceptional service which also resulted in her promotion) she is being forced into a position to choose between her Faith and Family OR her career. Only 3 weeks after returning to work from her maternity leave, as a new/1st time Mother, Careen was forced into a new schedule that makes it near impossible for her to spend any time with her new child (who is also relying on his Mother’s milk, as she is nursing). The schedule she has been given, took her from working Monday through Friday 2nd shift to throwing her into a "graveyard shift" (overnight or 3rd shift) as well as a "swing shift" (both 2nd & 3rd shift) which literally takes her away from her seven month old son for days at a time. She has pleaded with the Hospital Administration to at least provide her with a schedule that had consistent hours- even if it is overnights, but they seemed determined to push her out instead of accommodating the physical and emotional needs of a new mom.
     Careen attempted to contact the Human Resource Department more than once, yet they refused to return her calls and instead chose to speak only to her supervisors.
     She is being told that they can’t change her schedule because her Christian belief to “Observe the Sabbath Day”- as stated in the Ten Commandments, restricts them from working her on Sunday. Yet many of her supervisors are also Christians!?
     Of the 4 Nurse Managers, Careen being one of them, She is the only one being forced to work a “swing shift”, Yet was told at the time these changes were going into place that is was being done to allow her more time at home! (that was a lie)
     If You know anything about the way a Corporate Business works, it is clear to see what is being done here! Not only has her (new) Supervisor retaliated in an unethical & inconsiderate manner, to her desire to avoid working on Sundays ‘when and if’ possible, but she is also being systematically pushed out of her position,… Does this seem fair to you?
     Any Woman who understands the challenge and difficulty of balancing Personal Faith, Family obligations, and a Career- should be angry that this type of treatment is allowed to take place. We can’t allow this kind of injustice to go ignored, please sign this petition & ask others to do the same- We need your help to fight this!


Tom Dickson, FACHE, CEO, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
BANNER HEALTH, Peter S. Fine, President, CEO, Banner Health AZ
Stop the retaliation and discrimination of Careen L. Sisk

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    Reasons for signing

    • ginny golden BINGHAMTON, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      because she should have the right to not to work on sunday if she desires not to and that if she is doing a great joob with this place then respect her wishes to keep her

    • Martha Kirby CHENANGO FORKS, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Being a hospital, it would seem that people would be your most important priority. Providing good service through excellent nurses, like Careen, is at the core of what hospitals do. How in heavens name can you take a young woman with a new baby and ask her to work such terrible hours, while trying to breast feed her baby? What are you thinking?? Rather than finding ways to help her and retain her as a faithful and dedicated employee you seem bent on tearing her apart and forcing her to choose between a job she loves and a family she loves. Ultimately it is you and the patients you serve who will be the loosers. Shame on you. Surely your supervisors are better and brighter than this. Are there no "win- win" solutions out there that would prove helpful for everyone? I hope to hear that this is resolved in a way that protects this beautiful woman and retains the integrity of your institution.

    • Jeniffer Romain CONKLIN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I think the story told to us here is absolutely disgusting. Of course, the corporate wheel will maintain their innocence and tell us a whole other story I'm sure. This type of discrimination and difficulties that face pregnant women and new mothers must be brought to the public forefront. We are one of the very few countries that promote this type of thing, sadly. Most other countries have much better maternity and paternity laws.

    • Jolene Fallin TIFTON, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      This petition is very close to home for me because I am a first time Mother who also breastfed and returned to the workforce. The blatant discrimination against Mrs. Sisk is reprehensible and should absolutely be brought out in to the public eye. The federal administration claims to support breastfeeding as the #1 choice to feed infant children and have supposedly created bills to protect the rights of women to pump during work hours and have a schedule that permits them to nurse their baby however they need to. I pray that someone on a state and/or federal level takes notice of this situation and intervenes on behalf of Mrs. Sisk. Thank you!

    • Shauna Bartalini ATTLEBORO, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      I for the first time in 20 plus years of working now work where they think of every employee as family. They would give anyone the shirt off their back. To get that from an employer is incredible. To go to work everyday and know that if my kids need me I can go without having to pay a price. Good Luck Ben and Careen and know that every choice you both make is the right choice.


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