After harassing co-workers, fired man sues

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    Co-workers felt harassed to watch his DVDs

    I'm curious how many people will read this, or just jump up and say something. Basically, a man uses his work time to discuss his religious beliefs. Co-workers become uncomfortable, he's told by his supervisors to refrain from such discussions. He continues anyway, and gets fired. Now he sues for wrongful termination.

    What's so wrong with discussing religion? His job should be forced to either give him his job back, or pay out a few million or something. It's not like the job market is good and he can go find another job. People can't afford to be fired for their religious beliefs in times like this.

     
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    he wasnt fired for religious beliefs he was fired for not ceasing when told to by his employer
     
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    Not sure of all the facts in this case, but here's my take on this kind of situation.

    If you discuss religion or any subject with co-workers, and they express discomfort... stop. If you repeatedly bring up the topic, after being told it makes others uncomfortable, then you're pretty much asking for disciplinary action.

    Repeatedly trying to get co-workers to talk about something they have told you makes them uncomfortable is a form of harassment.

    Now, if you have repeated discussions with a co-worker on religion or any other subject, and the co-workers involved in said discussions are not uncomfortable with it, that is a completely different matter. You should not face any form of discipline for taking part in a conversation that both parties are okay with. If someone not part of the conversation overhears it and is made uncomfortable, then you should probably move the conversation to a better place, so as to avoid that person claiming harassment.

    Again, this is just my general opinion on this topic, and not an assessment of the OP itself, as I have yet to fully review it.
     
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    He rightfully got the boot in the ass he deserved. I respect his religous views but he needs to keep them to him self. Same goes for employee's political views.
     
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    Free speech doesn't extend to the work place. I can tell barck obama to go fuck himself without fear of prosecution, but if I say the same thing to my employer, I'm gone.
    True story, actually, though it was over 40 years ago.
     
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    It is interesting though that he was fired from JPL, which is a government facility. There could be a 1st amendment argument made.
     
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    But the guy was just doing what his religion tells him he should do. Doesn't freedom of religion mean that the court has to make him exempt?
     
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    No. Now do you see that your perception of reality differs from the truth?
     
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    Hook, line, sinker.
     
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    He was being paid to work, not to waste his employers time and the time of others expressing his opinions.
     
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