Brad Amos, a former senior video editor at Ramsey Solutions, filed a lawsuit in US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Nashville Division, claiming he was fired in July 2020 after asking to work from home. According to the lawsuit, Amos made the request to protect his family whom he considered high-risk cases of exposure to Covid-19. The lawsuit demands arrears and pecuniary damages and claims he was the victim of religious discrimination.
In a statement to CNN, Ramsey Solutions said Amos’ lawsuit was filled with false claims and had no basis.
“Mr. Amos was fired during a meeting to discuss his poor performance with his leaders, during which he insulted his most senior executive,” the statement said. “He was not fired for his religious beliefs or the way he wanted to handle Covid. Ramsey Solutions’ position has always been that we will comply with applicable laws and regulations related to Covid. The company is fully prepared to defend this lawsuit and win. It seems his sole purpose is to tarnish the reputation of Ramsey Solutions and extort a big settlement. “
CNN has asked Ramsey Solutions to comment on its current Covid-19 policy as well as its policy at the height of the pandemic, but has not received a response.
According to the lawsuit, on March 15, 2020, Dave Ramsey emailed all employees to inform them that there had been a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the department where Amos worked.
“The next day, approximately 900 Ramsey employees, including the plaintiff, were to attend an on-site all-employee meeting despite Governor Lee’s Executive Order No. 14 discouraging events of 250 or more people,” the lawsuit said. . “At this meeting, Mr. Ramsey announced that Ramsey Solutions employees would not be working from home. Despite growing public concern for safety and the need to take precautions against Covid-19, Mr Ramsey and other leaders continued to express their belief that these measures were not aligned with religious principles held by Ramsey Solutions. “
The lawsuit said Ramsey believed taking preventative action against Covid-19 “was [sic] against the will of God. “
The lawsuit says Amos has expressed concerns about the health of his child and his wife and that his religious beliefs require him to protect the “health and safety” of his family.
According to the lawsuit, creative chief and board member Luke LeFevre dismissed Amos’ concerns and told him he had to “pray and keep moving.”
Trial says Amos was told he behaved with a “lack of humility”
After the announcement of a statewide compulsory school closure on March 17, 2020, Amos inquired about working from home, according to the lawsuit. He says postproduction chief for Lampo (a division within Ramsey Solutions) David DiCicco has assured him that his work will not be compromised and that “family comes first”.
Amos chose to work from home but was demoted until he returned to the office, according to the lawsuit.
Until Amos returned to work in May, he described a work from home atmosphere in which he was ignored and often fired. While other employees returned to work in person in April, Amos returned in May. Although mask-wearing and social distancing were not encouraged, according to the lawsuit, Amos practiced both.
Following a series of meetings with his superiors, he was fired in July 2020, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit claims that the reason for Amos’ dismissal by the head of Creation was that he behaved with “lack of humility” due to his inability to submit to the accused’s religious beliefs throughout. of his job and in his face-to-face meetings. “
He further claims he was fired for “taking scientifically prescribed precautions, as required by his sincere religious beliefs, in the Covid pandemic rather than relying solely on prayer for protection.”
Neither Amos nor his lawyer could be reached for comment.
CNN also reached out to LeFevre and DiCicco for comment, but could not reach them.