First Liberty to Appeal Federal Court Decision in ‘Faith Under Fire’ Case

August 11, 2023
Faith Under Fire Ron Hittle | First Liberty Insider

by Jorge Gomez • 2 min read

A federal appeals court recently issued a ruling in our Faith Under Fire case involving Fire Chief Ron Hittle. He’s the former firefighter from Stockton, California who was wrongfully fired from his job for attending a leadership conference hosted at a church. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with the city in firing Chief Hittle.

This is a disappointing opinion, but the fight is not over. We plan to appeal this decision, including taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. Our attorneys will keep fighting to make sure Americans like Chief Hittle are not forced to choose between their faith and their livelihood.

“It is a tragic day for religious liberty in America when someone can be fired merely because they attend an event hosted within a religious institution’s building,” said David Hacker, First Liberty Vice President of Litigation. “The city broke the law when it fired Chief Hittle due to clear religious bias. We plan on seeking further review of today’s decision to uphold the meaning of Title VII for all Americans in the workplace.”

In this time of extreme cancel culture, employers continue to defy the law by punishing, demoting, harassing and firing workers like Chief Hittle over their religious beliefs. Winning this case could impact countless employees facing religious discrimination. The outcome could protect you, your children and grandchildren, and every person of faith in the workplace.

First Liberty and Chief Hittle need your continued support to prepare for the next round of litigation. Fighting these cases requires tremendous resources and we need to replenish our arsenal for the intense battles ahead.

Will you pitch in with a timely donation today? We’re counting on you to help us bring Chief Hittle’s case closer to victory.

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