FedEx Mistreated Christian, Judge Rules
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- 2012 May 29
A Federal Express employee has prevailed in a lawsuit accusing the shipping company of discrimination in failing to accommodate his religious beliefs, Baptist Press reports. FedEx discriminated against Eric Weathers by refusing to allow him to answer questions from coworkers about the Bible and his faith and ordering him not to disclose to others his bachelor's degree in Bible and youth ministry from The Master's College, U.S. district judge Edmond E. Chang ruled in Weathers v. FedEx. "Weathers' superiors told him that he could not discuss religion, even if asked, and he was told that he must affirmatively misrepresent his college degree," Chang wrote. "FedEx supervisors tied Weathers' hands ... on a topic of great importance to him and did not bother to respond to his request for an accommodation." Weathers, who worked as a sales manager, filed the suit regarding FedEx's response when a coworker complained that Weathers quoted scripture at work and made her uncomfortable by discussing his religious beliefs. Weathers was eventually demoted, then resigned his job and sued the company. "We hope this ruling will remind corporate America that it's simply bad business to force employees to check their faith at the door," said attorney Jason Craddock, who represented Weathers.