A nurse in Illinois will get her day in court to present her claim she was punished for her religious views on abortion.
Sandra Rojas worked for Winnebago County's health department for 18 years until a new administration took over in 2015, requiring nurses to perform abortion-related services. But she refused and quit when she was reportedly reassigned to the county nursing home.
The law firm of Mauck and Baker filed suit on her behalf.
Mauck attorney Noel Sterett, who represented Rojas in a preliminary hearing, tells OneNewsNow that Winnebago County claimed it's shielded from liability under the state's Tort Immunity Act.
But the court judge rejected that claim, he says, and the case will proceed to a jury trial.
"A trial by jury," he says, "in which we would present the evidence showing that the decision to either force her to violate her conscience, or lose her job, substantially burdened her religious freedom and her health care right of conscience, which is protected by the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act."
Employers in the state are supposed to, by law, attempt to provide a religious accommodation.
Rojas and her attorneys allege the county gave Rojas two weeks to resign or accept a demotion to food inspector, a temporary job.