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Teller Sues Bank for Violating Religious Freedom

09-08-2014
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A bank teller in Kentucky claims she was fired from her job for telling customers, "Have a blessed day."

Polly Neace wished customers at U.S. Bank in Walton, Kentucky, well with those words of blessing for more than two years.

She said she never had anyone complain about the saying, which she said she was inspired to adopt when someone said the phrase to her in 2009.

"I mean, in my opinion, I don't think there's any better way to have a blessed day," she explained in an interview with Fox News.

Polly Neace talked more about her case and why she's standing up for religious freedom on CBN News Today, July 9.

But Neace said she was told she could no longer say the phrase anymore and was later fired after working at the bank for 24 years.

Neace filed a lawsuit against her former employers saying she was discriminated against because of her religious beliefs.

But U.S. Bank disputes that claim.

The bank said that several customers had complained about Neace referencing the religious phrase.

It also claims that Neace asked a customer about taking the Lord's name in vain and proceeded to talk to that customer about salvation.

But Neace said that was an unrelated incident and that the customer didn't complain.

In a statement U.S. Bank said, "We hold our employees to high ethical standards when interacting with customers and co-workers...we believe that this lawsuit is without merit and the fact presented in future legal proceedings will justify our actions."

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