An Oregon woman says she was fired from her job at a cleaning company because of her political beliefs after she told her employer about her work for a pro-life group.
In an interview with TheBlaze, Harmony Daws said she was recently nominated to be the president of the board of directors for Oregon Right to Life, a position she was happy to accept.
“This is an issue that I care deeply about,” Daws said. “It’s the greatest human rights issue of our time.”
She mentioned her new position with the group to her employer, with whom she said she enjoyed a “friendship” in addition to their professional relationship, despite their differing political views.
“In the moment, she was happy and supportive,” Daws said. But that didn’t last long. Soon after, Daws said that her employer told her that their business was “changing direction.”
“She told me that she didn’t want me sharing my faith, that I couldn’t tell other employees that I’m praying for them,” Daws said. “She said I couldn’t discuss my political beliefs.”
Daws said that for the next few days, her previously friendly employer was “cold and distant.”
Then Daws was fired, claiming that she “discriminated” against other employees due to her faith and political beliefs.
“On Friday, she terminated me without any warning,” Daws said.
Daws was escorted from the building and sent home in a cab because she had driven her company car to work.
“I guess she Googled me and realized how seriously I take this,” Daws said.
Daws denied that she discussed her political views in the workplace, but said that she will continue to exercise her right to political speech.
“I never turned away an employee or a client over religious or political beliefs,” Daws said. “Cleaning is the most neutral thing there is — you can do it with anybody for anybody.”
She said that there was no other reason that she could have been fired because her work contributed to the “thriving” business and that her termination is typical of the “groupthink” prevalent in “blue, leftist cities” — but she won’t be silenced.
She plans to start her own business. “That way, I won’t have to hide my faith or fear the consequences of my political activity,” Daws said.
Daws added that she still would have accepted the position with Orgeon Right to Life if she had known the price she would have to pay: “I would absolutely do it again.”
Which of your beliefs are worth losing something you care about? I know one of mine. https://t.co/DVCNJzjeQ6
— Harmony Daws (@HarmonyHDaws) January 26, 2016
Verity Grant, another employee who recently left the same company — Sparkling Palaces in Portland — said that the allegations that Daws “discriminated” against other employees is “laughable.”
Grant said that she worked with Daws for two-and-a-half years, and that Daws was always “respectful” to a “wide range of people,” adding that she hopes to join Daws in her new business.
Daws’ former employer did not immediately return TheBlaze’s multiple requests for comment.
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