Joe Petersen works at a local automobile dealership. He is 57 years old and suffers from arthritis. His boss,
Joann Demeter, has Joe working in the Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory section. This section of the
dealership is quite small and much of the storage of bulk material is located off in another building, in an
upstairs section, with low ceiling beams. The area has no climate control. Joe is repeatedly tasked to carry
up to 300 cases of oil filters up the stairs to the storage area, in temperatures that often exceed 100
degrees Fahrenheit. Joe finally tells Joann that he cannot carry such large numbers of items up to the
overly hot area any more. He refuses because of the pain it causes his ankles, knees, and hips. He also
states that the excessive heat is debilitating and he fears heat exhaustion or stroke. Ms. Demeter threatens
to fire Joe. They both decide to go see the dealership manager with the HR representative present.
Provide an analysis of the case:
- Discuss possibilities and address the areas of concern as seen from an HR perspective.
- Answer the following questions:
As the HR representative, what would you advise? Why?
Are there any procedures you would instigate to improve the health of affected employees? Be specific.