A Kentucky woman who said she was fired
from her job at a public library for wearing a necklace with a cross
pendant to work had a lawsuit filed on February 1, 2002, on her behalf
by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).
In the U. S. District Court in Bowling Green,
Kentucky, the suit was filed against the Logan County Public Library.
Kimberly Draper was hired to work at the front desk of the
library and was given a dress code policy that read: “No clothing
depicting religious, political or potentially offensive decoration
Such a policy infringes on employees constitutional
rights claims Francis Manion, senior counsel for the ACLJ.
He said, “It is…troubling that the local
library system would have in place a dress code policy that equates
a religious symbol with being offensive.
We’re confident that the court will uphold the constitutional
rights of our client and safeguard her right to express her religious
belief in the workplace.”
In early April, a supervisor of Draper told
her to remove the cross necklace.
The suit claims she continued to wear the cross after several
warnings and was terminated for refusing to take the cross off on
April 16, 2001.
Manion said, “it is unbelievable that you
can be fired from a job for wearing a cross necklace. That is exactly what happened in this case. The pubic library system violated the free
speech and free exercise of religious rights of our client.”
The ACLJ names as defendants the library
director and assistant director, members of the Board of Trustees
and the Logan County Public Library in the suit.
The First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution
were violated by the wrongful termination of Draper according to the
suit, and the court is requested to declare unconstitutional and illegal
the library’s dress code.
(“Suit filed for cross-wearing employee.
Women allegedly fired from library job for not removing pendant,”
WorldNetDaily.com, February 2, 2002)
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