A county government in California has been punished for violating the religious rights of one of its own employees.
Jan England protested when the rules of her county employer, the Sacramento Department of Public Assistance, forced her to promote and encourage abortion to clients served by the agency.
England asked twice for a religious exemption, says Alexandra Snyder of Life Legal Defense Foundation, and after the second request, England was fired for misconduct.
Snyder tells OneNewsNow there were incentives for the county to encourage abortions rather than carry a pregnancy to term.
"So there's also promoting abortion and encouraging people to have abortions," says Snyder, and England told her bosses she couldn't do that, citing her religious faith.
Life Legal led England through an appeals process that included filing a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. A settlement was reached that included back pay and a monetary settlement.
Sacramento County also revisited its policies on religious accommodation and trained staff on how to handle a request for one.