Monday, February 18, 2013
Judge rules in JPL's favor in wrongful firing lawsuit centered around 'intelligent design'
Former JPL computer specialist David Coppedge is the plaintiff in a workplace lawsuit claiming that he was let go for promoting his sharp design views. He is pictured in usually are County Civil Court March 12, 2012. (SGVN/Staff pictureprofessional Leo Jarzomb)
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In a court desire signed by Judge Ernest Hiroshige, The court said Coppedge's claim of elegance and wrongful termination "Doesn't work out, And judgment on this claim shall be entered in support of Caltech,
Coppedge was let go on a round of layoffs in 2010. He claims his position on wise design - the idea that an intelligent being guided the creation of the universe and life within it - expense him his job.
"David was the victim of religious elegance because a handful of malicious co-Workers hated his melinda views, As well as his involvement in intelligent design, Which they ignorantly classified to be a religious concept, Coppedge's attorney William Becker said in an argument Thursday. "He was demoted and fired for simply being a Christian and someone who believes that nature can be technically explained by reference to designs found within it,
JPL legal representatives argued that Coppedge, The main-Time head of the Cassini pursuit to Saturn, Had become a combative staff member whose skills had faded.
He was demoted in 2009 and laid off in 2011 for a JPL downsizing.
Coppedge's layoff came more than two years after promotion
He filed an initial suit against JPL for creating what he deemed a hostile work place.
JPL representatives applauded Hiroshige's decision.
"We are happy with the decision reached by the court, JPL officials said in an argument Thursday. "As we've stated right from the start, The suggestions raised by Mr. Coppedge were with out having merit. After weighing the research in this case, The judge has agreed,
In the civil trial, Attorneys for JPL painted Coppedge as a painful employee who pushed his views upon his co- construction personnel. JPL stated Cop- pedge's layoff was consistent with agency policy.
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