Lewisville, Texas-based Shepherd Healthcare is being sued by a woman who claims she was fired for refusing to participate in a daily Bible study at work. The woman told the practice’s partners that she is a practicing Buddhist.
She was fired a day after making her final request to be excused from the Bible studies.
The EEOC investigated and found the practice had fired three other employees who also complained about the compulsory Bible studies. After conciliation efforts failed, the EEOC sued Shepherd Healthcare on behalf of all the affected employees. The lawsuit seeks back pay and compensatory and punitive damages for the victims, as well as injunctive relief.