Re: [southeasternvaskeptics] Religious discrimination in hiring

From: Maj
Sent on: Saturday, July 7, 2012 5:51 PM
Unfortunately, Lyle, I believe any court will side with the company.  It will be almost impossible to prove discrimination against the guy, unless the judge takes the company manual as proof, which is unlikely.  But why would any non-jebus-freak want to work there, anyway?

Although, I worked with a similar company a few years ago in Lincoln, Nebraska.  (I almost thought they might be owned by the same people.)  I was an ISO-9000 consultant, and they wanted to get registered.  At the end of one of my early days there, the president, VP, and Management Rep started top proselytize me.  I told them that, "I hold the supernatural as invalid and reject all forms of mysticism."  They accepted, (probably grudgingly), my answer, and we worked well together over the next many months.  The Management Rep even sent me a T-shirt celebrating their registration, which I thought very nice, and later, an invitation to an Easter service, which, not surprisingly, I declined.  All-in-all, I was never uncomfortable working there and found them to be extremely nice people, with the exception of the 'witnessing'.
I think we also talked about evolution a time or two, but doubt I got through their creationism-bias.  The most ironic thing about them is that they made DNA Sequencing machines!


From: Zaphod <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Saturday, July 7,[masked]:02 AM
Subject: [southeasternvaskeptics] Religious discrimination in hiring

I just came across a news story that almost seems unbelievable, except that I found it on two sources, and read the complaint filed in U.S. Federal court.

TulsaWorld: EEOC suit filed in Tulsa claims religious discrimination

Daily Kos: Tulsa Lighting Company Sued For Requiring Employees To Be Christian


The short version is...

In January 2011, Edward Wolfe was told about a operations supervisor job at Voss Lighting in Tulsa, OK.  The job had been posted on the web site of a local Southern Baptist church, and Mr Wolfe was told of the job by someone who attended the church.  Mr Wolfe applied for the job, was interviewed, and told he was a good fit for the job.  In the first interview, he was asked a few questions about his religion, and if he attended the church whose web site had the job posted.  He was brought back for a follow-up interview with with the branch manager.  In that follow-up interview, the branch manager asked Mr Wolfe to list all of the churches he had attended for the past several years, and where/when he was "saved".  The branch manager told Mr Wolfe that most of the employees at Voss Lighting are Southern Baptist, but as long as he was a born-again Christian, it didn't matter what church Mr Wolfe attends.  The branch manager expressed “overt agitation and disapproval” to Mr Wolfe’s responses to the religious line of questioning and Mr Wolfe was ultimately denied employment.

I think the smoking guns in this case are the fact that the job was posted on the church web site (I got the impression that it was not posted anywhere else, but that was not directly stated in the stories or the complaint.) and the mission statement that is STILL on the web site of Voss Lighting at has a Biblical Mission statement that says:

       Our biblical mission is to "sell" our lighting products so that we may "tell" everyone we can about God’s soul-saving, life-transforming gospel message as Jesus instructed believers to do.

And a personal statement from their president at implies all of their employees are christian.

I can't wait to hear the outcome of this.  My prediction is that Voss Lighting will lose BIG TIME!


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