Wyoming Rescue Mission wins case

Wyoming Rescue Mission wins case
Wyoming Rescue Mission wins case(Valeria Fugate)
Updated: Nov. 23, 2022 at 7:25 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Rescue Mission faced legal charges earlier this year.

When a non-christian applicant sued the organization for discrimination when they were not hired, claiming it was due to their faith.

The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and Wyoming Workforce Services also got involved in the case. They took the position the organizations’ hiring practices violated anti-discrimination laws and policies.

“To be able to keep christ at the center of what we do we need a team that shares that belief. So we are grateful for wyoming workforce for honoring that with our organization,” Brad Hopkins, Executive Director, Wyoming Rescue Mission.

Two months after filing a lawsuit on behalf of the Wyoming Rescue Mission, the Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys reached a favorable settlement with state and federal government officials.

As part of the settlement, the state acknowledges the religious organization is free to hire same-faith employees to serve Casper residents.

“Religious organizations are not second-class citizens. They are freely able to operate and express their faith in a public space. So it’s just a great opportunity to for the Wyoming rescue mission to continue its work there in Casper and throughout the state of Wyoming,” said Ryan Tucker, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom.

The faith-based organization includes a homeless shelter, clothing service, recovery programs, and resource assistance programs.

We also contacted the Wyoming Workforce Services Department and have yet to hear back in time for the broadcast.