Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Mazers Are Assholes

The latest in the saga of the closing of the Mazer Corporation is below. Unbelievable that the Mizers treated their loyal employees like this. May they rot. Marshall Mazer is likely rolling in his grave right now. Way to go David and Cherie! You may have ruined a great company, but at least you have your milions to keep you warm. How you sleep at night is beyond me. I guess there's always Ambien.

I am also just aghast (but not surprised, mind you) that our current system of law allows the nation's workers to be treated like this.

Here is the link for those of you who would like to see the news footage of this fuckery (printed story below).

By Darius Radzius
Reporter / WJHL
Published: January 23, 2009

A new development has added insult to injury for former employees of Mazer Corporation. Former employees are finding out their health insurance was gone long before they were sent home.

“I would have never in my wildest dreams would have believed this is the way things would have ended,“ said Chip Hanneken, former production manager for Mazer Corporation.

Deep disappointment settled in for Mazer Corporation employees like Hanneken. He worked there for more than a decade and a half.

“I was proud to work there. I enjoyed the people I worked with. I enjoyed the company,“ said Hanneken.

Three weeks ago Mazer Corporation told their employees they’d be laid off, but they left one thing out—that their health insurance had lapsed a month earlier.

“According to our handbook, anytime a termination at midnight that night that’s when all your benefits and health insurance is terminated,“ said Hanneken.

Instead, health insurance was terminated on December 3, but Mazer continued to deduct premiums. During that month, the Hanneken family visited doctors several times.

“We had a surgery take place in our family. Two little boys had stitches. Ct scans,“ said Hanneken.

Hanneken says he could have covered that period through his wife’s insurance, if he was told in time.

There’s a 30-31 day grace period for preexisting conditions,” said Hanneken.

Now instead he has no job and expects a hefty bill.

“It’s about 8-10 thousand dollars,“ said Hanneken.

He’s checked with state regulators and he’s learned neither Mazer Corporation nor the insurance company broke any laws.

“The only thing we can do is file a suit through an attorney and have a judge determine who’s going to pay that,“ said Hanneken.

We tried to reach Mazer Corporation Thursday, but all we were able to get was an automated telephone answering system.

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