Bremerton Football Coach Joe Kennedy today filed a charge of religious discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the Bremerton School District.
The charge was announced in a press release from the Liberty Instiute, a national nonprofit law firm which is representing Kennedy.
The Liberty Institute announced the charge in a press release. The documents filed are embedded below this story as a PDF document.
The district suspended Kennedy on Oct. 28 for silently praying alone at the fifty-yard line after high school football games, according to the release.
In the charge, Kennedy says the school district “violated my rights to free exercise of religion and free speech by prohibiting my private religious expression.”
Filing an EEOC complaint is the last step Kennedy must take before filing a lawsuit against the school district, the release states.
“All we are asking is for Coach Kennedy to be allowed to pray alone