Religious discrimination lawsuit filed claiming Voss Lighting requires workers to be Christian
By DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
Published: 6/14/2012 2:28 AM
Last Modified: 6/14/2012 7:28 AM
Being "a 'born-again' Christian" was required of a job applicant at a national lighting company's Tulsa location, a religious discrimination lawsuit filed in federal court this week claims.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit against Voss Lighting in Tulsa federal court on Tuesday.
Edward Wolfe applied for an operations supervisor position at Voss Lighting's Tulsa store in early 2011, according to the EEOC. The agency claims in the lawsuit that, during the application process, two local managers made numerous inquiries, "both subtle and overt," about Wolfe's religious activities and beliefs.
Wolfe allegedly was asked to identify every church he has attended over the past several years, where and when he was "saved" and the circumstances that led to that event, and whether he "would have a problem" coming into work early to attend Bible study before clocking in for the day.
The lawsuit recounts an alleged conversation in which one of the managers purportedly told Wolfe that the majority of Voss' employees were Southern Baptist, "but that it wasn't required that you go to a Southern Baptist Church. As long as you were a 'born-again' Christian, it didn't matter what church you attended."
The EEOC claims that the same manager expressed "overt agitation and disapproval" to Wolfe's responses to the religious line of questioning and that Wolfe was ultimately denied employment on the basis of his religious beliefs.