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"Quality of one's faith" might get one fired.

Post by ziggy on Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:42 pm

The director of a little-known legislative council helping to oversee the state's agency for injured workers often asked her three-member staff to pray and judged them "on the quality of their faith" before firing them, the staffers say.

The two staff attorneys and an executive assistant accuse Virginia McInerney, director of the Ohio Workers' Compensation Council, of wrongful discharge, religious discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

McInerney said last night that she could not discuss specifics because legal action could be involved. But she said, "I deny the wrongdoing they are alleging."

The Feb. 16 firings have Democrats and others raising questions about what happened inside the council, which is expected to receive more than $1 million in Bureau of Workers' Compensation funds this fiscal year.

According to the workers, McInerney told them that she believed God placed her in the job. They said she led the staff in prayer, asked a worker to listen to and take notes on God at Work CDs and complained that a Senate resolution to privatize the bureau was "another of Satan's efforts to stall or impede the council's progress."

One worker also complained that McInerney said the source of conflict in the office was an "inability to recognize her 'divine gift for editing.'"


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