By Tim Carpenter
A former state employee filed a federal wrongful termination lawsuit targeting Kansas’ assistant secretary of state and alleging the dismissal was based on her lack of church attendance, court records said Wednesday.
Eric Rucker, a top lieutenant to Secretary of State Kris Kobach since 2011, was sued in his official capacity by former staff member Courtney Canfield, of Topeka.
Before her discharge in November 2013, the lawsuit alleges, Rucker “repeatedly and emphatically indicated a basis for her termination as the fact that, ‘She just doesn’t go to church.’ ”
Shortly after she was hired as a clerk in January 2013, Canfield was invited by one of Kobach’s administrative assistants to attend a religious service to be conducted in the secretary of state’s office, her civil rights lawsuit said. Canfield declined to worship with colleagues at Kobach’s office in Topeka.
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