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Woman fired unjustly over religious belief, according to lawsuit

People within this country have a variety of religious beliefs. Regardless of a person's beliefs, however, he or she should be able to complete their job tasks without discrimination. Unfortunately, some people in West Virginia find that they are a target at a workplace when their beliefs differ from co-workers. For example, an out-of-state woman claims that she was fired unjustly because she did not share in the same beliefs as her co-workers and the owner of the company.

The plaintiff in the suit claims that she began working for the company in March 2015. Real Alkalized Water, the defendant in the case, reportedly hired her as a brand ambassador. On her first day, she claims, she was forced to watch movies with undertones of Scientology.

She was later told that she could earn a raise if she completed a course focused on self-improvement. However, once she began the course, she alleges that the course was based on Scientology and conflicted with her personal religious beliefs. She claims she notified her supervisor that she was unable to take the course due to its religious )nature and was ultimately denied access to a raise.

The lawsuit states that the employee had no complaints against her until several months into her employment. In one day, she received three citations and was fired the next day. Her termination and lack of raises resulted from her religious beliefs, according to court papers. The owner of the company, a Nevada assemblyman who has been open about his Scientology beliefs, has declined to comment on the lawsuit.

One would hope that each person in this country could practice their religious beliefs without interference from the employer. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, leaving people in West Virginia and across the country coping with being fired unjustly. Because the Civil Rights Act protects workers from being discriminated against due to their religion, many people file an employment law claim in order to protect their rights, potentially ensuring that others do not suffer from similar treatment in the future.

Source: glasgowdailytimes.com, "Lawsuit: Nevada worker fired for not accepting Scientology", Michelle Rindels, May 16, 2016

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