State Employee Suing California for Religious Workplace Discrimination

In 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 co-workers.

The government 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.”

The employee’s 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.”

On numerous 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.

(Allie Martin and Jody Brown, “Another Christian Employee Banned from Sharing Faith on Job,” AgapePress, May 16, 2002)


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