Thomas More Society Challenges Office Supply Chain's Illegal Discrimination
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CHICAGO, Sept. 10, 2015 /Christian Newswire
/ -- Thomas More Society attorneys have sent a demand letter to Office Depot, challenging the company's refusal to print religious flyers. The office supply chain would not print prayer handouts for customer Maria Goldstein at its Schaumburg, Illinois location. The nonprofit public interest law firm labeled that refusal of service as discrimination and a violation of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance.
"Anyone can order printing at Office Depot," said Thomas Olp, Thomas More Society special counsel attorney. "But because Ms. Goldstein's flyers had religious content—namely calling for prayer for Planned Parenthood—Office Depot refused to complete her order. This is a blatant violation of the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance, which forbids public businesses from discriminating based on religion."
On August 20, 2015, Goldstein placed her order for printing at the Office Depot store in Schaumburg (located about 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago). The item to be printed was a flyer that recounted statistics copied from Planned Parenthood's 2013-2014 annual report, mentioned the abortion provider's harvesting of fetal body parts, and included a prayer for the conversion of Planned Parenthood.
Goldstein was told by an Office Depot employee that the printing of her flyer was "restricted by corporate policy" and that her order would not be filled. Subsequently, Goldstein contacted the company's Office of the Chairman multiple times to discuss the company's refusal to fill her order. Office Depot's Diane Demma, from the Office of the Chairman, defended the company store employee in their refusal to print Goldstein's flyer and offered her no alternatives.
"Office Depot is discriminating against me based on my religion," stated Goldstein. "If the store can pick and choose what orders it fills based on religious content, it is refusing to treat people of faith equally. In America where we value freedom of religion, this is simply unacceptable."
The demand letter states that Office Depot must cease its unlawful refusal to service Golstein's order for photocopying or the law firm will act to secure Goldstein's rights before the Cook County Human Rights Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights or other appropriate venue.Read the Thomas More Society letter to Office Depot here
.View Maria Goldstein's flyer here
.About the Thomas More Society
The Thomas More Society is a national not-for-profit law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Headquartered in Chicago, the Thomas More Society fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. For more information, visit www.thomasmoresociety.org.