Edward Wolfe applied for an operations supervisor position at Voss Lighting’s Tulsa store in early 2011, according to the EEOC. The agency claims in the lawsuit that, during the application process, two local managers made numerous inquiries, “both subtle and overt,” about Wolfe’s religious activities and beliefs.
Wolfe allegedly was asked to identify every church he has attended over the past several years, where and when he was “saved” and the circumstances that led to that event, and whether he “would have a problem” coming into work early to attend Bible study before clocking in for the day.
The lawsuit recounts an alleged conversation in which one of the managers purportedly told Wolfe that the majority of Voss’ employees were Southern Baptist, “but that it wasn’t required that you go to a Southern Baptist Church. As long as you were a ‘born-again’ Christian, it didn’t matter what church you attended.”