Catholic Employee to get $20k as Settlement for Religious Discrimination

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Dorothy Frame, a former Catholic hospital employee of Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in Fort Campbell, Tennessee, is set to get $10,000 as settlement fee for religious discrimination.

According to Frame, she was compelled to pay union dues that support pro-abortion political organizations or causes by the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA).

This made her to file a lawsuit stating that local officials with LIUNA engaged in religious discrimination against her.

Her Catholic belief forbids her to pay the said dues. LIUNA will be paying the settlement fees including writing the apology letter.

Frame was represented by The National Right to Work Foundation, a “nonprofit, charitable organization working to eliminate coercive union power and compulsory unionism abuses through strategic litigation, public information, and education programs.”

The president of the organization, Mark Mix, said that Frame was “targeted with years of bullying and discrimination by LIUNA officials. Ms. Frame believes that abortion is a grave sin.

“Thus, she believes that any money the Unions collect from her makes her complicit in sin and violates her religious beliefs.”

Afterwards, Frame filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

In the lawsuit, Frame asked the court to declare that she has the right to a religious accommodation that alleviates her obligation to join or support the Unions. Also, she requested a return of all the money the union took out of her paycheck.

Consequently, she sought “damages for emotional pain, suffering, and mental anguish that she suffered because the Unions repeatedly challenged and disparaged her religious beliefs.”

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