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Holy Hell

Edward Wolfe applied for an operations supervisor position at Voss Lighting Store in Tulsa, Okla. According to his complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as part of the application process Wolfe was asked to identify every church he had attended over several years, the timing and circumstances of his salvation, and whether he “would have a problem” coming into work early to attend Bible study — unpaid. The complaint says one of the managers told Wolfe that most Voss employees were Southern Baptist, but “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.” Ultimately, Wolfe wasnt hired — allegedly because of his religious beliefs. “Voss denies that the charging party was not hired as a consequence of his religious beliefs,” said Steve Sanderson, Voss vice president and general manager. “The individual hired by Voss had more lighting product experience and was more qualified than the charging party.” (MS/Tulsa World) ...Maybe, but it still sounds like lighting experience isn’t as important as seeing the light.
Original Publication Date: 01 July 2012
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 19.

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