There’s a report out of Oregon about the owner of a construction company who fired an employee when he wouldn’t attend a Bible study - but it appears to be fake news.
In a lawsuit filed last week, Ryan Coleman, a painter by trade, claims Joel Dahl - the owner of Dahled Up Construction - fired him after refusing to continue attending a weekly Bible study, while on the clock. Coleman says he attended the Bible study for nearly six months before informing Dahl “it’s just not my thing.”
In an exclusive interview with OneNewsNow, Dahl says he never fired Coleman.
“He was never fired. He was actually on-call,” Dahl shares. “As the work would come in, he was just instructed to call in at night to see if there was work the next day. Rather than do that, he got another job with another painting company.”
Dahl, who says he wouldn’t have fired Coleman just because he wasn’t going to the Bible study, is a recovering addict who says Christ was essential to his recovery. So when he started his construction company, his purpose was to hire those with a troubled past and build into their lives. Coleman reportedly is a convicted felon who was offered the opportunity to go to a Bible study.
“I give the guys an opportunity for an hour a week,” Dahl continues. “We sit in a homeless shelter and let the pastor there give us lessons out of the Bible - and I pay them to do that.”
Since the story broke, Dahl says he’s has had to take down his website and his Facebook page.
“I guess I was a little bit naïve. I just didn’t realize how much hate there is in this world,” he tells OneNewsNow. “Ever since this started, people have gotten just one side of this story - and I’ve been receiving just an uncountable amount of harassing phone calls, hateful phone calls … just hate after hate after hate.”
According to a report at OregonLive.com, Coleman is claiming in court that he was fired for not attending the Bible study. In his lawsuit, he’s seeking $800,000 in damages.