Dave Ramsey: Lawsuit claims radio presenter discourages employees from working from home during pandemic
Brad Amos, a former senior video editor for Ramsey Solutions, filed a petition with the Central District Court of Tennessee Nashville, claiming that he was fired in July 2020 after asking for a job. at home. According to the lawsuit, Amos is asking to protect his family, who he considers to be high-risk cases of Covid-19 exposure. The lawsuit asks for money back and monetary damages and claims that he was discriminated against on the grounds of religion.
In a statement to CNN, Ramsey Solutions said Amos’ lawsuit is filled with false claims and has no merit.
“Mr Amos was fired during a meeting to discuss his poor performance with his leaders, where he insulted his top leadership,” the statement read. “He was not terminated because of his religious beliefs or the way he wanted to handle Covid. Ramsey Solutions’ stance has always been that we will comply with applicable laws and regulations regarding Covid. The company was fully prepared to defend this lawsuit and win. It appears its sole aim is to smear Ramsey Solutions’ reputation and blackmail a massive settlement.”
CNN asked Ramsey Solutions for comment on its current Covid-19 policy and its policies during the height of the pandemic, but did not receive a response.
According to the lawsuit, on March 15, 2020, Dave Ramsey emailed all employees informing them that there had been a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the department where Amos worked.
“The next day, approximately 900 Ramsey employees, including Plaintiffs, are expected to attend an on-site plenary meeting despite Governor Lee’s Executive Order 14 discouraging such events.” sue 250 or more people,” the lawsuit said. “At this meeting, Mr. Ramsey announced that Ramsey Solutions employees would not be working from home. It was inconsistent with the religious guidelines organized by Ramsey Solutions.”
The lawsuit says Ramsey believes taking precautions against Covid-19 “is [sic] against the will of God. “
The lawsuit says that Amos expressed concern about the health of his children and his wife and that his religious beliefs require him to protect the “health and safety” of his family.
According to the lawsuit, Chief Creative Officer and Board Member Luke LeFevre dismissed Amos’ concerns and told him he needed to “pray and move forward.”
The lawsuit says Amos was told he behaved with a ‘lack of modesty’
After announcing the statewide school closures on March 17, 2020, Amos asked about working from home, according to the lawsuit. He claimed that Lampo’s Head of Post-Production (A division within Ramsey Solutions), David DiCicco assured him that his job would not be threatened and that “family comes first.”
Amos was elected to work from home but was demoted until he returned to office, according to the lawsuit.
Until Amos returned to work in May, he describes a work-from-home atmosphere in which he was ignored and frequently fired. While other employees returned to face-to-face jobs in April, Amos returned in May. Although mask-wearing and social distancing are discouraged, according to the lawsuit, Amos practiced both.
After a series of meetings with his superiors, he was fired in July 2020, the lawsuit says. The suit claims the Chief Creative Officer’s reason for the termination of Amos’s contract was that he behaved “unmodestly” by disobeying Respondent’s religious beliefs during his employment and in his face-to-face meetings. “
It further states that he was terminated for “taking precautions prescribed by science, as required by his sincere religious beliefs, during the Covid pandemic rather than just rely on prayer to protect themselves.”
Neither Amos nor his attorney could be reached for comment.
CNN has also reached out to LeFevre and DiCicco for comment but was unable to reach them.