Condemn Nonprofit for Firing Divorced Woman


Target: Marc Papai and Fred Bailey, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Goal: Ensure former employee Alyce Conlon receives lost wages, benefits, and compensation for her wrongful termination at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

In 2011, Alyce Conlon was fired from her job at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship because she failed to reconcile her marriage, which ended in divorce. While two of her male peers divorced their spouses and eventually remarried, the discrepancy was never addressed. The organization claims they terminated Conlon due to their belief in the sanctity of marriage, but they seem to hold female employees responsible while allowing male employees do whatever they please. Urge IVCF to apologize for this injustice and provide Alyce Conlon with lost wages, benefits, and compensation for her suffering.

Conlon recently filed a lawsuit against IVCF in Grand Rapids and believes she was wrongly treated for failing to save her crumbling marriage. She held a position as a spiritual director at the nonprofit for 25 years, and has reasonable cause to suspect them of discriminating against her for being a female divorcee, as her male peers who annulled their marriages went unpunished.

The organization has no policy regarding marital status and they do not formally forbid employees from divorcing or remarrying for any reason.

Strangely, her supervisor, Marc Papai, and her regional director, Fred Bailey, were heavily involved in the process of her separation. At one time, the two men contacted her husband, David Riemer, before the divorce without her knowledge and discussed the marriage, suggested counseling, and continued to check in. Papai even ordered Conlon to see a counselor of her husband’s choosing.

This is evidently a case of sexist discrimination. Papai, a patriarchal male figure in an authoritative position, wrongfully punished a woman for the same behavior he permits in his male employees. This is a disgusting scarlet-letter case where an innocent woman has been persecuted. Conlon deserves to be given full benefits and wages as well as compensation for her suffering.

Urge Marc Papai and Fred Bailey to keep their noses out of their female employees’ personal business, and demand that Alyce Conlon be fully compensated for her grievous ordeal.


Dear Marc Papai and Fred Bailey, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship,

Ms. Alyce Conlon has recently filed a lawsuit against your organization for wrongful termination and blatant discrimination. Conlon worked as a spiritual director for 25 years and dutifully served InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Sadly, she was repaid with prejudice.

Two of her male colleagues divorced their own wives and remarried other women, but were not even slapped on the wrist for their alleged wrongful behavior. Given this case, if your pious organization truly believes in the sanctity of marriage as you say it does, then it is a sexist organization that only enforces punishment against female employees. This is a gross injustice, and it is tragic that such discrimination occurs in a Christian environment. Please give Alyce Conlon her lost wages and benefits, and compensate her for her suffering.


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One Comment

  1. Evelyn Crotty says:

    Dear Mr. Papai, Fred Bailey, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship,

    May your treatment of Women who are employed by you and your organization, be forgiven by the ONE who forgives.

    May your female decendents and family members NEVER be employed by an organization such as yours.

    May a court of law,find you guilty of the discrimation, on so many levels, that you have committed.

    May a court of law also find you monetaryily responsible to Alyce, because an organization like yours, doesn’t seem to change unless it hurts your pocketbook.


    Evelyn Crotty RN

    PS. Couldn’t you come up with a better response than using your rights under the ” First Amendment?”

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