Lawmaker investigating firings of workers who claim religious harassment
By Aaron Marshall, The Plain Dealer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio House Insurance Committee chairman has begun investigating the firings of a trio of state employees who say they were fired for objecting to their boss's attempts to force her Christian beliefs on them.
In a Thursday letter, Rep. Dan Dodd, a Hebron Democrat, wrote that the Feb. 16 firings by Virginia McInerney, director of the little-known Workers' Compensation Council, were "very troubling."
The women complained that McInerney declared to the staff that she was sent by God to her job, inquired about their religious beliefs, called them in to pray aloud, cited scripture in her reprimands and said Satan was to blame for obstacles the staff encountered in their jobs. They accused her of wrongful discharge, religious discrimination and harassment, retaliation and age discrimination.
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