A southwest Iowa grocery store owner who lectured an employee on her religious beliefs must pay her unemployment benefits, a state judge has ruled.
The store owner, Tyler Stille, says his faith is an integral part of his business and all of his 15 employees were made aware of that before they were hired.
‚ÄúWe have a Christian fish symbol on our sign,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúBefore we hire anybody, we tell them our faith. We play Christian music in our store all the time, and we always make sure that‚Äôs OK with them because that‚Äôs a part of our life.‚ÄĚ
The employee, Sherri Chafin of Tabor, says Stille‚Äôs beliefs ‚Äúdidn‚Äôt bother me one bit ‚ÄĒ not until he started preaching to me and telling me that I had to read a part of the Bible.‚ÄĚ