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Sent on Mormon-News: 29Mar00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Jury Says Man Was Fired Because He's Mormon
Salt Lake Tribune 29Mar00 D2
Associated Press

OKANOGAN, WASHINGTON -- An Okanogan County, Washington jury ruled March 16th that Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, Washington had discriminated against LDS Church member Lorin MacKay because he was Mormon. The jury awarded $200,000 to MacKay covering economic and emotional damages in his dismissal. The hospital maintains that MacKay was fired because he was spending too much time as an LDS Bishop.

MacKay was hired by the hospital in 1988 and was called as bishop of the Omak Ward in 1989. He says that, "The board in executive session gave me an ultimatum -- either be a bishop or be an administrator." According to MacKay, three of the five board members didn't like the level of his involvement with the Church, so he was fired.

The hospital maintains that MacKay's performance, not his religion, led to his termination. He was unable to obtain employment for several years, presumably because of poor recommendations from Mid-Valley Hospital, "I'm just now starting my career all over," says MacKay, who is now administrator of the Teton Medical Center in Choteau, Montana.

The hospital is considering an appeal of the award.


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