May 12, 2017, Belvidere, NJ—After almost 5-years of litigation and negotiation, substitute teacher Walt Tutka has resolved his claim of religious discrimination against the Phillipsburg School District, allowing him to return to substitute teaching. The following statement may be attributed to Hiram Sasser, Deputy Chief Counsel to First Liberty Institute:
On Thursday, May 4—the National Day of Prayer—President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty. A flurry of immediate reaction ensued from various points of view: Some thought it inadequate. Some outright denounced it (from differing sides of the ideological spectrum). Some gave unqualified praise.
Effective this week, Walt Tutka was reinstated as a substitute teacher in New Jersey’s Phillipsburg School District. This comes from a settlement with the district after a long legal battle involving Tutka giving a Bible to a student who requested one. Tutka was fired by the school district in 2013
First Liberty Institute announces that its client, Alexia Palma, and Legacy Community Health Services, have amicably resolved an employment dispute with a confidential settlement.