Magazine article The Christian Century

Baptist School Sued over Firings

Magazine article The Christian Century

Baptist School Sued over Firings

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A Montgomery County, Maryland, jury has awarded 8169,000 to three former employees of a Christian school who claimed they were fired because of their religion. The jury found that Montrose Christian School in Rockville and its principal, Greg Scheck, violated religious protections in the county's antidiscrimination law. School attorney Craig Parshall said Scheck and the school will appeal the case by challenging the constitutionality of the law if the verdict is not thrown out by Montgomery Circuit Court Judge DeLawrence Beard.

Montrose School said the three employees were fired for reasons other than their religion and that church membership is not necessary for nonteaching positions at the school. Mary Lou Jones, who is Catholic, was fired as a school secretary in June 1996 after working there 18 years. Her daughter, Sharon Walsh, also a Catholic, was fired the same day from a secretarial post she held for 14 years. Helen Poole, a United Methodist, was fired after working in the cafeteria for six years. …

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