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Religious discrimination suit against state settled

A minister who also worked for the government in another state was reportedly fired due to his religious views. He therefore sued the state, alleging religious discrimination, which is illegal in the state of Texas and other states. The suit was recently settled for more than $200,000.

The man, a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister, was hired into the role of a district health director with the state's public health department back in 2014. State officials soon allegedly asked the man to submit content from the sermons he had previously preached. After he complied, the man was terminated in just two days.

The government was said to have been curious about the man's sermons on topics such as creationism, science, world religions, sexuality, marriage and health as well as homosexuality. In his lawsuit, the man cited religious discrimination as well as other violations of his civil rights. In February of this year, the state agreed to pay $225,000 to settle the suit.

Employers in the state of Texas are not permitted to fire employees simply because of how they believe. When the wrongful termination of an employee occurs on the basis of religion, the employee retains the right to file a religious discrimination lawsuit against the employer in the pursuit of justice. Understanding which facts have to be proved to prevail is essential in this type of case. In a successfully litigated case, a terminated employee may be reinstated in his or her job and may also be awarded monetary relief for the damages incurred.

Source: byuiscroll.org, "Lay Minister wins discrimination lawsuit after being fired", Arielle Trujillo, Feb. 25, 2017

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