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HP Firing Case Pits One Set of Beliefs Against Another By Dan Popkey August 3, 2000 - The Idaho Statesman In a case likely to get national attention, Hewlett-Packard Co. has fired a veteran employee for posting Bible verses - including a condemnation of homosexuality -- at his workstation. Richard Peterson of Eagle, who had given 21 years of steady service as a customer support coordinator, was a victim of his passionate religious views and HP's diversity campaign. Since losing his job, Peterson has started a new job as a school custodian. "This hit him like a 2-by-4," said Kenneth Nyman, one of Peterson's lawyers who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. While I celebrate HP's effort as Idaho's leading corporate voice for diversity, in Peterson's case I think they got it wrong. In the name of tolerance, HP has been intolerant of an employee's religion. What HP found offensive were three verse on separate sheets of 8 1/2- by 11-inch paper hung inside Peterson's cubicle - one of hundreds at HP's Boise plant. Peterson posted the scripture as a response to HP's "Diversity Advertising Campaign" in 1998. The campaign included posters depicting five actual HP Boise workers. Among the
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course GEN BUS 202 taught by Professor Parks during the Fall '11 term at Boise State.

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