3ABN Employee Handbook Disregarded
The following highlighted excerpts from the 3ABN Employee Handbook were sent to us by some former
3ABN employees. It is their contention that the current administration of 3ABN flagrantly violates
these selections from their own Employee Handbook. As the letter we received states,
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It is obvious that 3ABN, while claiming to promote the "undiluted"
three angels messages, is engaged in the systematic practice
of diluting not only the three angels' messages, but the Ten
Commandments, and its own Employee Handbook.
Employee Handbook Excerpts
Excerpts from the 3ABN Employee Handbook
(March 2005 Edition)
- Three Angels Broadcasting Network believes that the work
conditions, wages, and benefits are competitive with those offered
by other employers in this area and in this industry. If employees
have concerns about work condition or compensation, they are
strongly encouraged to voice these concerns openly and directly
to their supervisors (p. 5).
- Our experience has shown that when employees deal openly
and directly with supervisors, the work environment can be excellent,
communications can be clear, and attitudes can be positive. We
believe that Three Angels Broadcasting Network amply demonstrates
its commitment to employees by responding effectively to employee
concerns (p. 5).
Equal Employment Opportunity:
- Three Angels Broadcasting Network is a religious ministry
and desires to foster in its workplace, in a manner consistent
with state and federal law, an atmosphere that is in harmony
with the religious principles that the ministry promotes. It
expects all employees, while in the workplace, and while otherwise
representing Three Angels Broadcasting Network, to conduct themselves
in a manner that is consistent with the Biblical principles of
health, purity, modesty, kindness, courtesy and service, as further
defined in this Handbook (p. 6).
- Any employee with questions or concerns about any employment
decision, practice or any type of discrimination in the work
place are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of
Three angels Broadcasting Network (p. 6).
- Management is primarily responsible for seeing that Three
Angels Broadcasting Network's equal opportunity policies are
implemented, but all members of the staff share in the responsibility
for assuring that by their personal actions the policies are
effective and apply uniformly to everyone (p. 6).
- Three Angels Broadcasting Network is committed to providing
a work environment that is pleasant, professional and free from
intimidation, hostility or other offenses which might interfere
with work performance. Harassment of any sort – verbal, physical,
visual – will not be tolerated, particularly against employees
in protected classes. These classes include, but are not necessarily
limited to race, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry,
medical condition, or any other protected status defined by law (p. 6).
- What is Harassment? Workplace harassment can take
many forms. It may be, but is not limited to, words, comments,
signs, offensive jokes, cartoons, pictures, posters, e-mail jokes
or statements, pranks, intimidation, physical assaults or contact,
or violence. Harassment is not necessarily sexual in nature.
It may also take the form of other vocal activity including derogatory
statements not directed to the targeted individuals but taking
place within their hearing. Other prohibited conduct includes
written material such as notes, photographs, cartoons, articles
of a harassing or offensive nature, and taking retaliatory action
against an employee for discussing or making a harassment complaint
(pp. 6, 7).
- Responsibility: All Three Angels Broadcasting Network
employees, and particularly managers, have a responsibility for
keeping our work environment free of harassment. Any employee
who becomes aware of an incident of harassment, whether by witnessing
the incident or being told of it, must report it to their immediate
supervisor or to the designated management representative with
whom they feel comfortable. When management becomes aware of
the existence of harassment, it is obligated by law to take prompt
and appropriate action, whether or not the victim may want Three
Angels Broadcasting Network to do so (p. 7).
- Reporting: While Three Angels Broadcasting Network
encourages you to communicate directly with the alleged harasser,
and make it clear that the harasser's behavior is unacceptable,
offensive, or inappropriate, it is not required that you do so.
It is essential, however, to notify your supervisor or, if you
prefer, to notify Mollie Steenson, Tommy Shelton or Larry Ewing
immediately even if you are not sure the offending behavior is
considered harassment. Any incidents of harassment must be reported
to a member of management. Appropriate investigation and disciplinary
action will be taken. All reports will be promptly investigated
with due regard for the privacy of everyone involved. However,
confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Any employee found to have
harassed a fellow employee or subordinate will be subject to
severe disciplinary action up to and including termination. Three
Angels Broadcasting Network will also take any additional action
to appropriately remedy the situation. Retaliation of any sort
will not be permitted. No adverse employment action will be taken
for any employee making a good faith report of alleged harassment (pp. 7, 8).
Policy on Sexual Harassment:
- Sexual harassment may include unwelcome sexual advances,
requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical contact
of a sexual nature when such conduct creates an offensive, hostile
or intimidating environment and prevents an individual from effectively
performing the duties of their position (p. 8).
- Three Angels Broadcasting Network prohibits any employee
from retaliating in any way against anyone who has
raised any concern about sexual harassment or discrimination
against another individual (p. 8).
- Three Angels Broadcasting Network will investigate any
complain of sexual harassment and will take immediate and appropriate
disciplinary action if sexual harassment has been found within
- Three Angels Broadcasting Network is committed to providing
the best possible working conditions for its employees. Part
of this commitment is encouraging an open and frank atmosphere
in which any problem, complaint, suggestions, or questions receive
a timely response from Three Angels Broadcasting Network supervisors
and management (p. 36).
- If employees disagree with established rules of conduct,
policies, or practices, they can express their concern through
the problem resolution procedure. No employee will be penalized,
formally or informally, for voicing a complaint with the Three
Angels Broadcasting Network in a reasonable, business-like manner,
or for using the problem solution procedure (p. 36).