EXCLUSIVE: Attorney for Pastor Fired by State for Sermons Warns: These Firings Are Going to Get Worse

Dr.-Eric-Walsh-900Dr. Eric Walsh, a  a public health expert with multiple advanced degrees, who served on President Obama’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDs, was fired from a new position he had just accepted at Georgia’s Department of Public Health (DPH) to be the District Health Director for Northwest Georgia. Walsh was a pastor, and the director of human resources had staff watch his sermons on YouTube to see if they could find anything about him they didn’t like. The director put the instructions to employees in an email, which Walsh’s attorneys at First Liberty were able to obtain. They discovered that Walsh had criticized same-sex marriage in his sermons, and after that, Walsh was told he no longer had the job.

Redacted-Walsh-Email-1444Jeremy Dys is senior counsel at First Liberty and one of the attorneys representing Walsh. First Liberty submitted a complaint with the EEOC in 2014 on behalf of Walsh, and this past week filed a complaint in federal court, alleging religious discrimination and retaliation. Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of religion.

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