A Portland man says a small private Christian college in Portland discriminated against him by refusing to hire him because he's Jewish.
In a lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Noel M. King says he applied for an adjunct professor of psychology position at Warner Pacific College in April 2014. On his application, he indicated his "Hebrew faith."
After a four month interview process, the hiring committee recommended King be hired. But King says Warner's president directed officials to reject him, stating the college should only hire "Christ followers."
King seeks damages of $268,000.
In a statement, Warner Pacific said it "prefers that its leaders and instructors actively practice the Christian faith." The college said it supports the rights of all religious entities to exercise a preference in hiring.
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The mission of Warner Pacific is grounded in the Christian scriptures and the College's commitment to serving students from diverse backgrounds flows from its profound Christ-centered calling.
As a Christian institution, mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific. Therefore, the College prefers that its leaders and instructors actively practice the Christian faith. Warner Pacific respects other religions and supports the rights of all religious entities to exercise a preference in hiring and leadership towards individuals who maintain the religious beliefs of the institution.
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