A religious liberty law firm says UPS has addressed an issue over praying employees but attorneys continue to sound the alarm over a manager who may be the source of the trouble.
After hearing from UPS employees who claimed they were punished – and even fired – for gathering to pray in Myrtle Beach, Liberty Counsel contacted the corporation last month to defend the employees' right to pray.
In a statement to OneNewsNow for the Feb. 19 story, the package carrier claimed a “misunderstanding” and said employees are allowed to gather before work if they follow safety and conduct rules.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, tells OneNewsNow that UPS has clarified to him that employees can pray. The company also rehired a fired employee who had turned to the law firm for help, he says.
“The problem is,” Staver adds, “they have a manager that started all of this by harassing some of these workers who are participating in the prayer meeting."
After the controversy over the prayer gathering went public, Liberty Counsel was contacted by a former UPS driver, Randy Langford. Staver says Langford advised the law firm he had endured a similar conflict over prayer with the same manager at a separate UPS facility seven years ago.
That complaint “fell on a deaf ear” when it reached upper management at UPS, Staver says.
Mirroring its previous statement, UPS repeated to OneNewsNow that no employee has been punished or disciplined over praying. The statement went on to suggest Liberty Counsel was advised in February that it had received “erroneous information” about employee discipline, and the law firm is continuing to receive “misinformation” that is leading to the “unfounded and unfortunate statements they are currently publicizing.”
Staver’s response? “They’re not making these things up,” he says of the punished employees. “It all comes down to one central person, and that’s the person that UPS needs to deal with.”