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Lawsuit: Woman Fired For Not Being Christian Enough

| by Michael Allen

Dee Anne Thomson filed a lawsuit against Gulf Winds International on April 18 because the Houston-based company allegedly fired her for not being Christian enough.

The 52-year-old mother's lawsuit alleges religious and age discrimination and retaliation, according to Courthouse News Service.

Thomson said in her lawsuit that she refused to distribute religious material while on the job, was transferred to another company facility and terminated after she spoke up against Gulf Winds' overtly religious practices.

Thomson's lawsuit describes some of the alleged religious practices: "Despite the fact that they are subject to laws regarding religious discrimination, defendant on a daily, routine, and regular basis sent emails containing Christian religious information, quotes and prayers to employees."

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The Gulf Winds website states that its mission is "to glorify God by providing world class logistics services through continual investment in our people, clients, community and the world we live in."

According to Thomson's lawsuit, employees were repeatedly told to "think and pray" about their work and personal choices, according to Courthouse News Service.

Thomson recalls in her lawsuit that after the 2012 election, Gulf Winds’ chairman sent a "very long, odd email" that included Bible verses and explanations "outlining how disappointed he was that [Mitt] Romney did not win and what that meant for the country."

Thomson also alleges that upper management at Gulf Winds held meetings during business hours for C12, "an organization that holds itself out as America’s leading Christian CEO forum and a cutting edge Christian business leadership grounded in timeless Biblical wisdom," according to the complaint.

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According to Thomson's lawsuit, Gulf Winds published religious booklets and required employees to distribute the material in its facilities. Thomson recalled that she told Gulf Winds' president how some employees under her did not want to distribute the religious literature.

The lawsuit says the president of Gulf Winds told Thomson that "she was not Christian enough and that she needed to examine her walk with Jesus."

Some weeks after the incident, Thomson's lawsuit says Gulf Winds moved her to a different facility, and replaced her with a younger manager "with no experience in her area."

Thomson alleges that Gulf Winds told her "they were giving her grace from God and that grace would come back to them, as that is how God works."

After learning how God works, Thomson says she was fired a few weeks later.

Thomson also asserts in her lawsuit that Gulf Winds "fired an employee solely because she had a rainbow sticker on her car," and that the company assumed the employee was a homosexual.

A Gulf Winds rep told Courthouse News Service in an email that the company is "committed to defending our good name and reputation."

Thomson's lawyer Ellen Sprovach could not be reached for comment by the news site.

Sources: Courthouse News Service, Gulf Winds / Photo Credit: Pixabay

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