Construction worker says boss fired him after he refused to attend Bible Study

An Oregon man has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $750,000, claiming his employer fired him for refusing to attend weekly Christian Bible studies.

The plaintiff, Ryan Coleman, 34, a convicted felon and half-Native American, said the Albany, Ore.-based construction company, Dahled Up Construction, did not require its workers to attend weekly Bible studies until a month after he was hired as a painter, the Oregonian reported this week.

Joel Dahl, the company’s owner and founder, insisted his employees attend the studies as a condition of continuing employment, the lawsuit claims.


Coleman said he complied for nearly six months, fearing his past convictions would make finding other work difficult.

“I’m Native American and Christianity’s just not my thing,” Coleman told Fox News.

But in April, Coleman told Dahl he couldn’t attend the classes anymore and was fired. Coleman said he had received a pay raise only two weeks prior.

“I loved my job. I woke up every day excited to go to work. Not everybody can say that,” Coleman said.

Dahl, also a convicted felon, said he started his construction company to help other felons like Coleman get back on their feet, the Oregonian reported. Dahl’s attorney doesn’t dispute that Dahl requires employees to attend Bible study, but says it’s legal because Dahl pays them to attend.

“We believe that this requirement was not illegal. These are at-will employees and they were paid to go. It was part of their job, so they were expected to attend,” Kent Hickman, an attorney for Dahl, told NPR.

“We believe that this requirement was not illegal. These are at-will employees and they were paid to go. It was part of their job, so they were expected to attend.”

– Kent Hickman, attorney for employer Joe Dahl

But Coleman’s attorney, Corinne Schram, questioned the legality of the work requirement.

“Unless you are a religious organization like a church, you cannot force your employees to participate in religious activities,” Schram said.

“Unless you are a religious organization like a church, you cannot force your employees to participate in religious activities.”

– Corinne Schram, attorney for plaintiff Ryan Coleman

Coleman is suing his former employer for $50,000 of alleged lost income and $750,000 for “mental stress, humiliation, inconvenience and loss of enjoyment of life,” the lawsuit says.

Albany is located in northwestern Oregon, about 70 miles south of Portland. Coleman’s lawsuit was filed in Linn County Circuit Court.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ireland’s dangerous relationship with alcohol shows no sign of slowing with 54,000 treated for problematic use from 2010 to 2016

IRELAND’s dangerous relationship with alcohol shows no signs of waning — with almost 54,000 people treated for problematic use from 2010 to 2016.

A study by the Health Research Board reveals alcohol is still the main problem drug here, with 7,643 cases recorded in 2016.


That compares to 4,341 cases for opiates and 2,439 for cannabis addiction.

And, proving the chronic nature of addiction, half of all cases involved people who have relapsed and required repeat treatment.

Almost a fifth — 17 per cent — of problematic drinkers have also abused other substances, while men account for two-thirds of all cases.

The report, based on figures from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System, also points to the dangers of early exposure to alcohol.


The average starting age for problem drinkers was just 16 — the same age as TV star Adrian Chiles when he first got served in a pub.

The presenter, 51, hit the headlines this week in a BBC documentary, Drinkers Like Me, in which he admitted he consumes up to 100 units of alcohol per week but doesn’t consider it a problem.

His drinking habits are clearly mirrored in the Irish population, where the average age of a person receiving treatment is 41 years.

Despite the large numbers receiving treatment for alcohol abuse, one in ten are categorised as hazardous drinkers — those whose pattern of alcohol consumption carried an increased risk of harmful consequences.


Sixty-five per cent of cases were classed as alcohol dependent, while three in ten of that group were aged 50 years or older.

There was also a strong link between alcoholism and employment, as almost three-quarters, 73 per cent, of alcohol-dependent cases, involved people who were unemployed.

The study noted that the number of problem alcohol use cases had plateaued in the last four years.

Senior researcher Dr Suzi Lyons said: “This could be the result of a real decrease in numbers seeking treatment, the number of submissions to the reporting system, availability of services, or a combination of these factors.

“There has been an increase in the number of new cases who were already dependent on alcohol when they present to treatment for the first time, from 56 per cent in 2010 to 60 per cent in 2016.

“This means that more people are presenting when the problem is already severe and being alcohol dependent can make recovery more difficult.”

A group suggested pregnant women can drink. It’s funded by the alcohol industry

It wasn’t the headline that raised eyebrows; it’s the tiny text below it.

“It’s safest not to drink while pregnant,” the headline reads, echoing the consensus among public health organizations around the world.

But the next text, in much smaller type, left some room for interpretation about whether alcohol is safe for pregnant woman.

“It’s not known if alcohol is safe to drink when you are pregnant,” reads the poster, copies of which were distributed by DrinkWise, an Australian organization founded and funded by the alcohol industry.

Public health leaders called out the organization over the poster’s message, which they saw as both inaccurate and misleading and undermines the body of research showing that alcohol, no matter the amount, is dangerous to pregnant women. DrinkWise withdrew 2,400 posters from hospitals and clinics, the Sidney Morning Herald reported, and changed the text into one that’s less ambiguous.

“A very important choice you can make for the health of your baby is to abstain from alcohol while pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breast-feeding,” the poster now reads.

Simon Strahan, DrinkWise’s chief executive, said the organization fixed the language after receiving a complaint from the Australian Medical Association.

“DrinkWise is committed to communicating the importance of women abstaining from alcohol while pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breast-feeding,” he told the Sidney Morning Herald.

Public health organizations around world, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia, and the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, have all said that no amount of alcohol, whether it be wine, liquor or beer, is safe for pregnant women. Drinking can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and lifelong disabilities, according to the CDC.

Michael Thorn, chief executive of the Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education, or FARE, in the Australian capital city of Canberra, accused DrinkWise of engaging in a campaign “to stave off the threat of responsible and effective regulation.”

“The warning needs to be on all alcohol products and needs to be blunt and to the point – ‘Do not drink during pregnancy or if you’re thinking of becoming pregnant,’ ” Thorn told the Morning Herald.

DrinkWise was founded in 2005 and is funded by the alcohol industry. According to its website, it’s an “independent, not-for-profit organization” that focuses on bringing about “a healthier and safer drinking culture in Australia.”

Tommy Sotomayor finally admits the Sotocruise was a scam only because the Police are watching.



Tommy Sotomayor has admitted the sotocruise was a scam but he is laying the blame on someone who he claims he has no contact with, strange thing is he claims to have helped this person pay their mortgage which would indicate he knew her address, you would not pay someones mortgage and not know their address, this person was and probably is still a business partner of his. Surely instead of paying out of his pocket to refund the victims of fraud he would contact the police instead and keep his money? We have seen him call the police on people up to 6 times in just the last 2 years alone over petty youtube squabbles so why will he not do it over someone using his name and reputation to defraud people……….unless he was involved and he is using “Mimi” as a scapegoat, how do we know that this lady is not just a “voice” actor he hired and he is really the “Mimi” character who organised this fraudulent trip?







Tommy Sotomayor your mod Chassy Prejean was on the Sotocruise Committee, will you report her?