Posted by MSNBC Live on Monday, March 20, 2018 08:21:14A Christian prolifer who lost her job as a corporate lawyer in Maryland is now facing legal consequences for her faith.
Christina Smith, the founder of Life Matters International, lost her $80,000-a-year job as an administrative assistant for an Atlanta-based nonprofit group after her employer informed her that she did not have the necessary skills to do the job.
Smith said the company told her she would have to resign if she continued working there.
She also said she felt that her religious beliefs prevented her from working with clients.
Smith was an associate professor of law at the University of Georgia Law School and a licensed attorney in Maryland, where she worked as an adjunct professor for the College of Law at the UGA.
She began working at Life Matters in 2016.
In a statement, the company said it was working with Smith to resolve her legal issues and provide her with “appropriate support.”
Smith has filed a federal lawsuit against the company, claiming she was fired after the company refused to provide her “appropriate legal counsel.”
The lawsuit claims that Life Matters violated Maryland state law by requiring Smith to “provide a religious certification,” which Smith has not done.
Smith’s lawsuit alleges that Life has “further discriminated against Ms. Smith by refusing to provide a religious certificate that would be required in the absence of a religious exemption.”
“Ms. Smith is now required to provide this certification, despite not having any such certificate,” the lawsuit states.
“She cannot be an administrator or associate professor because she does not have a religious belief.”
Smith told MSNBC Live in an interview on Monday that her lawsuit has no merit.
“I’m just trying to make it clear to people that I am not religious,” she said.
“It’s not about me or my religion.”
The American Civil Liberties Union, which represents Smith, has also filed a lawsuit against Life.
In the lawsuit, the ACLU states that Smith is a Christian and her employment status as a Christian does not violate Maryland law.
The American Humanist Association also filed the lawsuit against Living, claiming that Smith had no religious beliefs and had to be able to work in the state to qualify for the exemption.
In its lawsuit, Smith’s legal team argues that Living has a right to make religious certification for employees and that it should not be required for Smith to qualify.
The suit asks a judge to order the company to provide Smith with a religious accommodation that would allow her to continue working.
Smith is seeking a preliminary injunction and a permanent injunction to prevent the company from discriminating against her because of her religious convictions.
The company has not responded to MSNBC Live’s request for comment.