California, a government employee is suing the state over religious
workplace discrimination. In
Red Bluff, a long-time worker with the Tehama Couty Department of
Social Services claims supervisors have prohibited him from holding
lunch-time prayer meetings and discussing his faith with interested
is clearly violating the rights of the Christian employee says Brad
Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute.
Through the Equal Opportunities Commission, Dacus’s firms offered
to mediate the situation. However,
Tehama Social Services refuses to overturn its policy.
Dacus says, “We have had no choice but to file a federal lawsuit
against this employer, alleging a serious violation of the civil rights
of this employee.”
character is above reproach says Dacus.
He says, “This employee has a real great heart. He loves his job. He has no bitterness or bad feelings, but he just sees that it is
important for him as a Christian to be a model and to keep open the
doors of opportunity for the Gospel to flow through.”
occasions, other employees have been allowed to hold non-work related
meetings and events in the workplace points out Dacus.
The same accommodations must be made for employees who wish
to meet and pray together when the county allows such things as birthday
parties, baby showers and card games to take place.
But it amounts to religious discrimination otherwise.
Martin and Jody Brown, “Another Christian Employee Banned from Sharing
Faith on Job,” AgapePress, May 16, 2002)
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