UPS' Long History of Anti-Christian Discrimination Exposed

Mar 5, 2020

More UPS drivers come forward exposing UPS discrimination against Christians.

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Since we first announced our representation of the Christian UPS drivers who had been discriminated against based on their active faith, other UPS employees have come forward with their own stories of religious discrimination. One, Pastor Randy Lankford, worked for UPS for over 28 years until the religious discrimination became so bad it nearly gave him a heart attack.

"My last day at UPS, after delivering for 28 years, ended in the hospital in Matthews, NC, because of [UPS management] harassment."

As a pastor, back in 2013 Lankford held his own prayer groups with fellow UPS employees to "help their morale and calm the chaos that we deal with in many of the drivers’ lives." Pastor Lankford reports, "We always did it on our time, never on company time. This is when the harassment and bullying by [UPS management] started."

His local UPS management then began an active campaign to shut down any and all prayer. Lankford first took his objections to site management, then to district and upper management. Sadly, his legitimate concerns resulted in increased harassment from UPS managers.

Lankford said, "The more you complained...the more vindictive [management] became. This went on for probably one year."

On Pastor Lankford's final day, the most aggressive anti-Christian bully on UPS' management team decided to do a "ride along" with Pastor Lankford, in which the manager would ride with the driver observing his work.

"He was out for blood" Lankford says. "I would normally deliver 60 stops before 3:00 p.m. We were arguing from 9:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon about every detail about how I was working. It was plain harassment, and it caused me to be so stressed that I thought I was having a heart attack. At 3:00 p.m., Steve Keller took me to the hospital, because I thought that I was having a heart attack. At that time, I had only delivered 18 stops. My last day at UPS, after delivering for 28 years, ended in the hospital in Matthews, NC, because of Steve Keller’s harassment."

Lankford said he never regreted starting a devotion and prayer time for the drivers before work because, "It changed men's attitudes, men's lives, and the trash talk in the locker room. We helped men deal with family issues. We even saw some men on the belt where they load the trucks come to faith in Christ. They started their own devotion and prayer time as well."

The freedom to worship on one's own free time is a God given, unalienable, constitutional RIGHT that shall not be infringed.

In fact, any order that employees refrain from praying together under the circumstances is nothing less than religious discrimination as defined under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e–2(a).

Sadly, we live in a time when discrimination against Christians in America is becoming more and more prevalent. As a result, Liberty Counsel is representing more and more clients with claims like these UPS drivers.

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Mat Staver

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