Aspen suspends ski instructor after pay protest

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 2, 2011 5:01 pm

ASPEN – The Aspen Skiing Co. suspended one of its ski instructors after he passed out fliers on Skico property that were critical of the company’s owners and its pay for beginning instructors.

The instructor, Lee Mulcahy, said he distributed the fliers at the Skico-owned Little Nell Hotel and in the Silver Queen Gondola plaza in Aspen Thursday morning before he went to work teaching a private lesson at Snowmass Ski Area.

After the lesson, he said he resumed passing out fliers to people at the base of the Elk Camp Gondola in Snowmass. According to Mulcahy, Jim Laing, Skico vice president of human resources, asked him to stop passing out the fliers and to talk to him about his actions.

“He followed me around while I distributed the fliers,” Mulcahy said. “He wasn’t happy.”

Mulcahy said he told Laing he couldn’t stop because he needed to complete his task and hewanted his team leader present. In the ski school’s hierarchy, a team leader is the direct supervisor to a small cell of instructors.

Once the team leader was present, Mulcahy said he met with Laing and was informed he was suspended. Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle confirmed that Mulcahy was suspended with pay and benefits.


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