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Observance of Wiccan New Year Ends in Religious Discrimination Suit
Last Halloween, Gina Uberti took vacation days to celebrate the Wiccan new year in Salem, Massachusetts, the town infamously known for the witch trials of 1692 that ended with the hanging of 14 women.

Less than a month after Uberti took part in the festivities of Samhain, one of the holiest days in the Wiccan calendar, she was fired from her job as a district sales manager for Bath & Body Works.

In a complaint filed in federal court in Connecticut last week, Uberti alleges she was unfairly terminated for practicing Wicca, known as the largest of neopagan religions.

Uberti alleges in the lawsuit that her boss said just before she was fired, “You will need a new career in your new year. … I will be damned if I have a devil worshiper on my team.”


It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

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Oct. 27th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I am watching this with interest. My son was fired for taking a religious day, after his office manager ok'd it. The home office in Virginia (he was working here in Washington) decided it was not ok. And the state of Washington denied him unemployment telling him he was "imprudent."

So many irons in the fire, we haven't even tried fighting this yet...but depending how this plays out...we may yet decide to go to legal war.
Oct. 27th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Damn - I am so sorry to hear that about your son. What twats! >:-(
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