A federal appeals court has upheld the Richmond Police Department’s firing of a longtime employee who claimed the department discriminated against her because of her religious disapproval of homosexuality.
The Police Department had valid reasons for dismissing records clerk Loudesia Flanagan, including her mistreatment of a volunteer intern who was lesbian, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Monday.
Any rights Flanagan had to express her Christian viewpoint at work were outweighed by the department’s need for “maintaining a discrimination- and harassment-free work environment,” the court said.
Flanagan worked for Richmond as a police records specialist.
A colleague quoted Flanagan as saying the intern “won’t be going to heaven … because God does not like gays.” A former co-worker said Flanagan had commented that then-Police Chief Chris Magnus, who is gay, was “cultivating a gay environment.”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle