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Legal Battle on Tap Over Ex-fire Chief's Religious Book

1.23.15

Thomas Cox was quoted in AJC on January 23, 2015. The article “Legal Battle on Tap Over Ex-fire Chief’s Religious Book” examined former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran’s federal discrimination complaint against the city, in which he claimed he was fired over his religious beliefs.

Thomas was quoted on his take of the Cochran’s federal discrimination complaint against the city.

If the complaint is determined to have enough merit to proceed, it could be “time consuming and far reaching,” said Thomas, noting Reed and top administration officials, like any employer subject to a discrimination claim, could face a potentially costly discovery period that would require them to produce documents and testimony.

Employers are bound by federal law to make accommodations of an employee’s religious beliefs, Thomas said. That is most often seen in employers granting time off for prayer during the day or days off for religious observances. Whether writing a book is a protected expression of religious faith would have to be determined by the court, he said.

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Thomas Cox was also interviewed by 11Alive on January 23, 2015. View the segment here.

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