Idaho Woman Says She Was Called 'Sinner' Before Being Fired


A north Idaho woman, claiming that a supervisor called her "a sinner" because she smoked cigarettes and was "not a churchgoer," has filed a complaint with the Idaho Human Rights Commission.

Patt Lynch, 52, in a tort claim against Bonner County, alleges that she was fired from her job as a receptionist for the county because of age and religious discrimination.

In her claim, Lynch said her manager, who is also an associate pastor at a Cocolla, Idaho, church, made the remarks regarding worship and smoking and told Lynch in June that she was being fired for making too many errors in her work, which she denies.

The Bonner County Bee reports that the county has 30 days to respond to Lynch's claims. But the Idaho Human Rights Commission's investigation is private.