Demand Justice for Man With Down-Syndrome Who Was Unjustly Fired

Target: Kim Oliveira, executive director of the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative

Goal: Rehire man with down-syndrome who was fired due to budget cuts, but only made $12 a week

After 15 years of working at Andover’s Wyndham Hotel, Mark Stanganelli was fired for seemingly no reason. Stanganelli suffers from Down Syndrome, but remained happy and successful at his job for all of these years. He was only paid $12 a week, but he loved his job anyway. It was less about the money than it was about the routine and being able to socialize. This job gave Mark something to look forward to every day and it became a pivotal part of his daily schedule. Also, his job gave him an opportunity to socialize with coworkers and customers.

Despite his low pay rate, Stanganelli’s mother said that Mark was ecstatic every time he received a paycheck. While he enjoyed getting his paychecks, the routine and social interaction of the job is what really boosted Stanganelli’s confidence and sense of security. Unfortunately, Stanganelli was recently fired from this job for seemingly no reason. The Wyndham Hotel had nothing to do with his firing, but rather, it was the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative that both placed him at this job and then fired him 15 years later. Stanganelli’s mother dreaded breaking the news to Mark because she knew how much the job meant to him. Demand that Mark Stanganelli gets his job at Andover’s Wyndham Hotel back.


Dear Kim Oliveira,

Recently, Mark Stanganelli was fired from his job at the Andover Wyndham Hotel after 15 years of working with them. The reason for firing him was not clear due to the fact that for all of these years, the hotel never had any problems with him. Mark, who has Down Syndrome, was only making $12 a week, but he was still ecstatic to get his paycheck every two weeks. The routine of going to work every day really helps people with his condition to feel more secure and confident. Also, he was able to get a great deal of social interaction at work which also boosted his self-esteem. Being a long-standing and loyal employee, there seems to be no reason to have fired Stanganelli.

The Wyndham Hotel made it clear that they were not responsible for firing him, but the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative was the company that fired him. He obviously wasn’t costing the company a lot of money due to his small paychecks, and the job made him happy, so why take that away? Mark deserves to remain in the job he has become comfortable with and continue his success. Your company must re-hire Mark Stanganelli to work at the Andover Wyndham Hotel.


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  1. One tip is more than one week of this man’s pay. What’s the problem?

  2. People can be so cruel and heartless when they have access to power and authority and a ink pen. Not realizing the effect it has on the person who looses their job. I am a person with a disability and lost my job for reporting a coworker pushing me off the back of a work truck. The sadest thing though,there is no justice nor support from Attorney’s when you want to hire one to get justice. I have been waiting for two years and no Attorney will take the case because they are afraid of the company involved. Above all, there is a God above and He protect those in need when other will not, even after taking a oath to serve and honor justice and the American people. Whatever we do to a person good or bad, the family of the person with the power in hand will suffer later and reap what they have sow in the life of the person they mistreated. I pray Mark will get his job back and his joy of having a job and a paycheck will be restored. I have no job or benefits, but I know God will restore.

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