08/25/2023 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling which supports the termination of an employee who was fired for his religious beliefs.
Raymond Zdunski, a senior account clerk who served seven years at the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York, was fired in 2018 after refusing to attend a training session that violated his religious beliefs. This state-mandated training was titled “LGBTQ Cultural Competency” and was presented by a local pride center. After Zdunski told his bosses that he would not attend the training because it conflicted with his religious beliefs, Zdunski was let go from the organization.
In his initial letter to the company’s human resource department, Zdunski said he “… loves all people and does not treat any coworker or any other person differently from anybody else based upon their sexual orientation” but that the training contradicted “… the [core] tenets of his faith.”
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