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Government Employee Dismissed for Engaging in Religious Activities

Court rules that man's rights were not violated.

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Key point: Government employees may not have a constitutionally protected right to proselytize fellow employees, or even to display some religious items in their offices.

• A federal district court in Iowa ruled that the constitutional rights of a county employee were not violated when he was dismissed for his religious activities on the job. The dismissed employee had been a supervisor in a computer department. He, and a group of the 50 employees under his supervision, were evangelical Christians who regularly met for prayer and discussion of personal needs. The county, responding to complaints of some of the other employees, investigated the religious activities. This investigation revealed that the supervisor had engaged in various religious activities on the job. The supervisor was issued a reprimand that stated: "You will immediately cease any activities that could be considered ...

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  • March 1, 1994

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