According to an attorney, a California college student working
at a student orientation event was devastated when her supervisor
told her to remove her cross necklace because incoming students
might be offended by it.
Audrey Jarvis, 19, felt she had no choice but to seek legal
assistance from the Liberty Institute, where she told attorney
Hiram Sasser that her supervisor at Sonoma State told her that
wearing the cross was against school policy. But Sasser has been
unable to find such a policy.
"I was really surprised to hear this story," the attorney
admits. "The law has been clear on this for decades now -- that
people have a right to wear religious jewelry at work, and it's a
violation of federal law and the Constitution to tell them, 'You
In an interview with Fox News, Jarvis said she took offense and
was "very hurt" at her supervisor's request "because I believe as a
Christian woman it is my prerogative to display my faith any way I
like so long as it is not harming anyone else."
Sasser is meeting with school officials to seek an apology and
assurances that the school has no such policy prohibiting the
wearing of religious items.
"You would think on a college campus that's focused on diversity
and tolerance that there would be some more tolerance and
understanding on this issue about a cross, but it just doesn't seem
that it's that way sometimes," he laments.
A spokesperson for the Sonoma State has told Fox News that the supervisor's demand was
"inappropriate" and that the incident is regrettable. She says
school President Ruben Arminana was "angered" when he heard of it
and is ready to apologize.