Suit against newspaper: “He made us pray”

I’ve heard about praying for a rebound in the newspaper business. But, if true, this seems a bit extreme.

According to a lawsuit filed by an ad salesperson of the Glenwood Springs Independent, a sister paper of The Union, “her former supervisor ended staff meetings with prayers and ordered her to spend her lunch hours attending church.”

The woman claims she was improperly fired, because she didn’t share her boss’s religious beliefs.

The report appeared in realvail.com, a rival to Colorado papers owned by parent Swift Communications.

Let’s be fair here: Anybody can file a lawsuit, and we don’t know what really happened. Still, it seems strange, or at least timely, given the newspaper industry’s need for help from a “higher authority.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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