Walt Tutka, a New Jersey substitute teacher who was terminated after he handed a student his Bible, filed a complaint against the Phillipsburg School District for religious discrimination and retaliation with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In the fall of 2012, Tutka quoted the Bible while speaking to a student coming last through a door, saying, “The first shall be last but the last shall be first.” After the student questioned Tutka several times about the origin of the quote, Tutka used his own Bible to show the student where the quote originated. Then, upon the student’s request, Tutka gave the boy his Bible. Because of this action, the Phillipsburg School Board voted to terminate Tutka’s employment.
What would you do if you were that teacher? You’d hire a legal team who understands the increasing pressure Christians face in the workplace to keep their faith to themselves. This teacher connected with the Liberty Institute to assist in evaluating his legal options in challenging his wrongful termination. Liberty Institute’s Jeff Mateer joins us today. Jeff has been working on religious liberty cases for more than twenty years. Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Liberty’s vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation’s Founders.
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