On April 15th, a former ex-Ramsey Solutions employee filed a complaint against it, accusing it of religious discrimination and misinterpretation. According to the lawsuit presented in the court of law, the Lampo Group, which operates as Ramsey Solutions, was run as a “religious cult” that required employees to submit “to Dave Ramsey and his worldview to retain their jobs.”
As per the lawsuit, Ramsey’s treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic placed employees and their families in danger.
What Ignited the Law Suit?
Initially, Brad Amos worked at Ramsey Solutions as a video editor. However, his stay in the corporation didn’t last long when he got into a disagreement with Ramsey. Attorneys for Brad affirmed that their client was fired because he disagreed with Ramsey’s views on the COVID-19 pandemic. For much of the pandemic, Ramsey has frequently downplayed the possibility of COVID-19, referring to mask-wearers as “wusses” and prohibiting workers from working from home.
In other words, Brad alleged that Ramsey’s views on the pandemic are largely influenced by religion and that he was fired for disregarding those views.
Also, there was a time when Ramsey Solutions organized an in-person Christmas party that was entirely mask-free, and it had sued a Florida hotel for breach of contract after the hotel said attendees at a Ramsey conference would have to wear masks.
“Plaintiff was terminated for failing to follow Defendant’s particular view that taking precautions other than prayer against COVID infection would make a person fall out of God’s favor,” the complaint states.
As stated in the complaint, Amos recalls back in 2019 while editing movie trailers in California when a recruit for Ramsey solutions approached him. He stated that amid the interview process, he heard of a “cult-like culture,” which, of course, drew his attention. And it was then that he first claimed Ramsey was not a family-friendly place.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Street, one of Amos’ lawyers, told Religion News Service that their client had initially reported the concerns to Ramsey leaders and was assured that none of the rumors were true and that the corporate had a strong commitment to their employees. Therefore concluding that Amos was misled in the hiring process. Street also stated that their client’s biggest concern was his family’s well-being.
This is because he is scared that his wife and son are at a high risk of contracting COVID-19. After all, the company rejected his request to work from home. On the other hand, the lawsuit alleges that any concerns related to coronavirus were dismissed as weakness of spirit.
Ramsey Solutions React to the Lawsuit
In response to the lawsuit, Ramsey Solutions told RNS that the allegations were based on blatantly false accusations. As such, the company accused Amos of spreading false and inflammatory statements. It stated that they were going to sue him for slander and defamation.
“It appears the goal of this lawsuit is to smear Ramsey Solutions’ reputation and extort a large settlement, and we are fully prepared to defend this lawsuit and prevail.”
Other than Amos, there was another instance when an employee was fired for being pregnant. The business defended her dismissal, claiming that she was fired for engaging in premarital sex against company policy. Ramsey Solutions has defended its practices by claiming that it has fired eight workers for premarital sex since 2016.
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