A Christian business owner in Oregon if facing a lawsuit for requiring his employees to attend a weekly Bible study, CBN reported.

A former prison inmate and owner of “Dahled Up Construction,” Joel Dahl says he built his company on Christian principles after finding God in prison.

He is now facing a lawsuit after a former employee says he was fired for refusing to attend the weekly Bible study that all employees are required to attend.

The Bible study is one hour per week and is led by a Christian minister, occurring during work hours which employees are paid to attend.

Ex-employee Ryan Coleman, says he attended the study for six months until he decided to stop going.

“I said ‘I’ve kept an open mind, and it’s just not my thing.’ And he said, ‘Well, I’m going to have to replace you,’” Coleman told The Oregonian/OregonLive.

“He said ‘You’re not going to tell me how to run my own company,’” Coleman continued. “I said ‘I’m not trying to tell you how to run your own company, but you’re not going to tell me what god to pray to.’”

Mr. Coleman’s lawsuit argues that Dahl discriminated against him on the basis of religion by terminating his employment.

“Mr. Dahl feels that it’s unfortunate that he (Coleman) is now trying to exploit Mr. Dahl’s honorable intentions for unjustified financial gain,” said Ken Hickam, Dahl’s attorney.

(Crusader Journal Staff)