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Man claims he suffered wrongful termination due to his faith

Being terminated from a job because of one’s religious beliefs can understandably be mortifying for an employee in Texas. This is because a person’s religious beliefs often define the individual. One man recently claimed he was a victim of wrongful termination because his employer unfairly fired him based on his faith.

The man is a newspaper editor who was reportedly fired in May. The man said he wrote one personal blog criticizing a website that rewrites the Bible in order to make it more gay-friendly. A media writer then reported on the editor’s post and raised questions regarding whether the editor could cover matters dealing with gays in an unbiased matter, according to the man’s claim.

The company for which he worked then suspended the editor with pay before eventually terminating him, he said. He argued that he should not have been fired simply because he expressed his religious views, as this is unlawful in America. The media company said that the man indeed had the right to have his own opinion but that his publicly airing it unfortunately compromised the newspaper’s reputation.

The man filed a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If the commission finds the media company engaged in workplace discrimination on the basis of religion and that the editor unfairly suffered a wrongful termination, broad relief may be ordered; this includes financial damages as well as other damages. An individual who experiences this type of treatment in Texas has the right to fight back using the legal system in order to hold the allegedly transgressing employer accountable.

Source: press-citizen.com, "Editor who used 'gaystapo' claims religious discrimination", Daniel Finney, July 24, 2014

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