company-sponsored party a Christian employee was fired for talking
about church attendance to a new colleague.
To fight for compensation and damages, Ken Weiss returned to
court on February 5, 2002.
awarded $129,000 by a jury verdict that was later overturned by a
judge, this marks the second trial for Weiss.
The case stems from a day in 1993, when, after a causal conversation
with another employee, Weiss received written notice of his termination
from REN laboratories of Florida.
noticing a new employee’s crucifix, Weiss' wife asked what church
the woman attended indicated the Rutherford Institute (RI) who represents
Weiss. He “shared some of the benefits of church attendance when the woman
indicated that she did not attend church but should.”
the woman told her supervisors that the exchange made her uncomfortable. In Weiss’ dismissal notice, he was accused of lecturing. However, an employee who witnessed the exchange
of words said Weiss did not attempt to “harass or proselytize” and
had been polite indicated RI.
not giving Weiss a verbal correction form, written warning, and final
warning prior to terminating him, REN breached their own company policy
said RI. The trial on February
5, 2002, was the result of the first judge’s decision being overturned
by an appeals court.
(“Fired Christian’s ‘Party Talk’ Lawsuit,”
Charisma Online News Service, February 5, 2002)
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