Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania’

‘Tis the Season

December 20, 2012

One more colorful HOA-light blow-up for the holidays, this time from Pennsylvania.   Maybe it’s an Amish thing?  “No electricity?”

All their windows were dark. No one knew he was there. All the Whos were all dreaming sweet dreams without care… when he came to the first little house on the square.

I have occasionally wondered why my own quiet, typically strict and well-managed association lights up like the Las Vegas strip every Christmas season.  We have synchronized lights, LEDs and old school yellow bulbs, inflatables, and, since we’re in Boise, even Blue and Orange -themed lights.  The HOA even encourages the extravagance with an informal competition.  One could certainly read the declaration to ban all of it.

Even as a lawyer and self-appointed grinch, I have to admit that walking our streets this time of year feels festive.  Hopefully that admission won’t be used against any of my clients.

The colored glow lights up entire blocks.   I wonder if our  HOA could save some money by at least turning off the common area lamps.  They probably aren’t needed until January.

This banned Pennsylvania display would be considered downright grinchy in our corner of Boise.


From Scranton: How not to act at the office

August 24, 2012

In case you needed one, from Scranton, setting of TV’s “The Office,” we now have another reminder not to commit sexual discrimination at work.   HOAs, just like any other work environment, are subject to federal workplace harassment law.

Explore the history of The Office on the updated Facebook Timeline. Check out key dates, plus tons of clips and photos.

No kidding.  I don’t know what else to say about that.

From The Times-Tribune:

According to the lawsuit, Bushkill resident and former public safety employee Heike Obergantshnig is suing Saw Creek Estates Community Association Inc. claiming she has been harmed by “sex-based harassment, sex-based discrimination (and) a hostile work environment” from a Saw Creek watch commander, Brian Kaiser.

What I can’t tell from the article is the nature of employment of a “public safety employee” in a Pennsylvania HOA, or what a “watch commander” is.  Sounds like a professional neighborhood watch is used there.  As a former direct employee of the HOA, it sounds like Ms. Obergantshnig’s claim will have to be addressed, and an attorney paid for, by the association.  Maybe they needed a more active HR.    Toby Flenderson will have his day.