From CitizenLink.org

4-2-2007

Christian Student Goes to Court for the Gospel

from staff reports

Californian says she lost an internship because of witnessing on her own time.

A Christian student in California will be in federal court Tuesday, fighting to preserve her right to share the Gospel.

Jacqueline Escobar, a master’s student at Cal State Long Beach, is a straight-A student whose work was frequently praised by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, where she was an intern. Over her lunch hour and after work, she witnessed to co-workers. But she says the evangelism led to a quick end of her internship.

Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, filed the suit on her behalf.

“She wasn’t doing it when she was supposed to be working,” he told Family News in Focus. “She wasn’t forcing it on anyone or harassing anyone. This agency was being very unreasonable and very discriminatory.”

Dacus hopes to send a clear message.

“Employers out there who decide to harass employees or fire them because they share their faith with another employee during lunchtime or break time,” he said, “those employers (need to) understand that there’s a price they have to pay.”

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