ALBANY, Ore. – A man is suing an Albany construction company claiming he was fired for not attending Bible study.
Ryan Coleman said he was hired by Dahled Up Construction Inc. in October 2017. Soon after he started working there, he said he discovered his boss Joel Dahl required employees to attend a Christian Bible study during work time.
Coleman, who is not a practicing Christian, told Dahl he was not comfortable attending and that it was it illegal for him to require his employees to do so.
However, he said Dahl insisted he attend. Coleman said he believed he had no other choice and went to the Bible study in order to keep his job.
In April, Coleman said he once again told Dahl on the phone that he had a right not to attend the Bible study, and was then fired by Dahl.
Coleman claims Dahl and his company discriminated against him due to his religious beliefs and is asking for $800,000 in damages.
Dahl’s attorney Kent Hickman told the Oregonian that Dahl does require all his employees to attend Bible study and said it is legal because he pays them to attend.