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Woman files claim of wrongful termination in federal court

If a person is mistreated because of his or her religious beliefs and inappropriately fired, this is a legitimate reason for a lawsuit in Texas. One person in another state recently filed a wrongful termination and religious discrimination suit against a city and its police chief following a series of events. The incident began when the woman, who had worked in her position for more than two decades, was fired because she allegedly harassed a volunteer who was lesbian.

The woman said the department tried to suppress her religious beliefs, which included punishing her for donning a festive Christmas hat at work during the holidays. In addition and without her permission, the department went through her locker in search of a prayer that she stored there, according to the claim. Although she formally complained about the matters in 2012 and 2013, she says that these complaints were not acknowledged. In fact, the woman said she was encouraged to somehow change her own behavior.

As a result of her complaints, she said police resurrected one volunteer’s complaint that the woman mistreated the individual on the basis of sexual orientation. The lawsuit alleges that this was done in an attempt to terminate her. Asserting violations of her constitutional rights before her termination, she also claimed that the police later opposed her request for unemployment-related benefits, which were denied.

The woman is seeking specific, general and punitive damages as part of her wrongful termination suit. She alleges that she experienced embarrassment, humiliation, lost wages and incurred medical expenses. An individual who believes they have been discriminated against and improperly fired in Texas may seek justice through the legal system.

Source: contracostatimes.com, "Woman sues Richmond PD for religious discrimination, wrongful termination", Gary Peterson, June 13, 2014

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