April 12, 2013
Walt Tutka, a substitute teacher in New Jersey, claims he was fired for giving a student a Bible - and has taken up his cause with the the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Tutka says he handed a student a copy of this religious time after quoting a line from the Gospels and receiving repeated inquiries from the student over its source.
When Tutka learned the student did not own a Bible, he gave him a pocket-sized version he had been carrying.
A few days later, Phillipsburg School District Superintendent George Chando told Tutka he was recommending the teacher?s firing over the Bible conveyance.
This termination took place on January 14.
?I believe that I have been discriminated against in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and retaliated against regarding same,? Tutka?s complaint reads, according to The Express-Times.
Tutka is represented by an unnamed New Jersey law firm, along with a conservative Christian legal defense organization called the Liberty Institute.
Asked for a comment on the situation, Superintendent Chando told a reporter that he has none at this time.
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