File this one under Epic Privilege Tantrums: Polly Neace, a Kentucky woman who was fired by U.S. Bank after refusing repeated warnings to stop asking customers whether they'd found Jesus, is suing the company for religious discrimination and claiming she was "persecuted" for her Christian beliefs.
Polly Neace, a bank teller from Kentucky, doesn't just go to church on Sundays. She said she lives her beliefs every day. And so, Monday through Friday, when she was working as a teller at a U.S. Bank in Walton, Kentucky, she would say the same thing to every bank customer she came in contact with.
"I say, 'Have a blessed day,' all of the time," Neace said. "All of the time. I don't feel there's any better kind of day you can have than a blessed day."
Neace received a code of ethics violation in March 2011, claiming that several customers complained about her using the phrase. But U.S. Bank said Neace took it a step further, asking customers if they accepted Jesus as their savior -- an act the bank believes is unacceptable. Neace admitted she was reprimanded and was given multiple warnings, but she continued with the phrase.
After complaining about a situation at the bank, Neace claims she jokingly told a manager she might as well go back to saying "have a blessed day" and be fired.
She was fired the next day.
Neace's lawsuit, filed shortly after she was terminated, claims she was unfairly "discriminated against for exercising her religious freedoms." (So "religious freedom" covers preaching at work now?) "I felt very persecuted [by U.S. Bank]," Neace said, adding that she "can't back down" from her crusade for religious liberty. "It's the principle behind everything."
For its part, U.S. Bank issued a straightforward statement: "At U.S. Bank, we hold our employees to high ethical standards when interacting with customers and co-workers and take violations of these standards seriously."
A company that refuses to be cowed by right-wing Christianists? Praise Jesus.
h/t: Joe. My. God.