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Prayer at a party ends in a workplace discrimination lawsuit

Talking about religion can lead to arguments in any social setting and can be especially conflicting in the workplace. Texas workers have the right to agree to disagree, but they should not be subjected to retaliation in the workplace for their opinions. Two women who worked for VitalPet are alleging that they lost their jobs due to workplace discrimination because they did not share the same religious views as the company's CEO.

The two veterinary clinic workers claim that the issues started after a holiday party. At the request of the company's CEO, a Christian group prayer was conducted at the party. Because it was not something in which she believed, one woman was offended by the prayer. She tried to get away from the situation but was reportedly not allowed to leave.

Following the party, another worker approached the CEO on behalf of the employee who was offended. She explained the issues and expressed her opinion that it may be a good idea for religion to no longer be a part of business gatherings. After she made her suggestion, she claims that the next day she was placed on a disciplinary track and later fired. The woman who had been offended was also dismissed after being placed on a suspension.

Both Texas women believe that they are victims of retaliation, and they filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They are alleging workplace discrimination based on religion, retaliation, harassment and wrongful termination. If they are successful in their claims, they will both receive their lost wages, legal costs and monetary damages. They also wish to be returned to their former positions.

Source: setexasrecord.com, "Two women file discrimination suit", Carol Ostrow, March 11, 2015

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