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By Rosemary Pollock

Franklin Covey Favors LDS Members, Lawsuit Alleges

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- A lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as thirteen former employees of a Franklin Covey Co. subsidiary, alleged discrimination because they were not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to Plaintiff attorney William Maher, the former employees of Premier School Agendas Co. of Bellingham, Washington, who worked in the Premier regional office in Blue Bell, Pa. alleged they were passed over for promotions, had sales territories restricted and were denied profit sharing and stock option benefits.

"They were not members of the particular and favored religious organization and therefore did not share the same religious beliefs and/or social values as did the management and ownership of the defendant companies," the plaintiffs claimed. Although the lawsuit does not specifically identify the "favored religious organization" as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Maher did say the Church is the religion cited in the plaintiffs complaint.

"Members of the LDS faith are given preferential treatment by these companies," Maher said. "When all is said and done, there will be a lot more than 13 people coming forward." Maher claims that the company's products will be an issue in the lawsuit. "They teach ways to improve employee morale and management skills yet they don't practice that themselves," he said.

Premier School Agendas was acquired by Franklin Covey in 1996 and operates independently as a wholly owned subsidiary. Attorneys for the West Valley City-based Franklin Covey are familiar with the allegations, but had few details according to spokesman Richard Putnam. "We have never sent management there or integrated them into the company to any large degree,"Putnam said.


Franklin Covey Hit With Bias Lawsuit
Salt Lake Tribune 25Aug01 B4
By Lisa Carricaburu: Salt Lake Tribune
Non-LDS employees claim discrimination


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