5 things to know for your Wednesday in Indiana

A former HR manager alleges that she was fired for not hiring illegal immigrants, a lesbian staffer at Goshen College shares her frustration with the school’s hiring practices and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.

Former HR manager says she was fired for refusing to hire illegal immigrants

A former human resources manager at Crane Composites Inc.’s Goshen factory is suing the company, alleging that she was fired for refusing to hire illegal immigrants. Taimi Fernandez-Guillot filed a lawsuit this week in the U.S. District Court for Northern Indiana in South Bend, claiming that she launched an audit and found “extensive illegal employees” at the plant.

Outgoing Goshen College staffer shares frustration with school's hiring practices

A Goshen College library services assistant is resigning from her position because her engagement to another woman may be in conflict with the school’s hiring policy. When Tabi Berkey and her fiancee received joint job offers in Cincinatti, she sent a letter to the school administration asking that they change their hiring policy to be more welcome to the GLBTQ community.

Elkhart River Queen up for sale, future presence in the St. Joseph River in doubt

If the Elkhart River Queen is not sold to a buyer soon, owner John Cleveland may sell the 67-year-old vessel for scrap. The craft was built in 1947 and Cleveland bought the vessel in 1997. The boat is used to offer rides up and down the St. Joseph River. However, a leak in the Elkhart River Queen forced Cleveland to forgo operations and put the boat up for sale earlier than expected.

Nevada reference in Elkhart chamber newsletter sparks ire of Sheriff Rogers

A Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce newsletter referenced Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers’ controversial visit to the Cliven Bundy ranch in Nevada, which Rogers did not appreciate. The opening of the Chamber’s policy points newsletter Friday, May 16, reads: “Long ago, when the sheriff’s office put more attention on local than national issues, Elkhart County considered a new juvenile justice facility.” Rogers took offense at the remark, saying it accused him of not caring about local issues. Chamber president Kyle Hannon posted a message on his Facebook page, apologizing if the publication “seemed disrespectful”.

Concord elementary teacher recognized for classroom creativity

Concord Oxbow Elementary School teacher Jill Kaufman received the Armstrong Teacher Educator award from the Indiana University School of Education for integrating technology in her classroom. She is one of nine teachers from around the state who received the award. A press release from the IU School of Education states that Kaufman “integrates technology that can inspire, motivate and engage the students.” Her students use computers, an iPad and a smart board in class. They also shoot and edit their own videos.

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