Saturday, November 03, 2012

In Tentative Decision, California Court Rejects Rocket Lab Employee's Claim He Was Fired Because of Intelligent Design Views

In California, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has issued a tentative decision in favor of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the widely-followed suit against it by former employee David Coppedge. Plaintiff, who was a lead systems administrator in the Jet Propulsion Lab's Saturn project was demoted and eventually laid off.  He claims the actions were taken because he expressed opinions favoring intelligent design and opposing gay marriage.  The NASA rocket lab says he was demoted and fired because he was a problem employee for reasons that had nothing to do with his religious views. According to the Pasadena Sun, the court on Thursday indicated that it has tentatively decided to rule in favor of JPL on all aspects of the case.