TABOR, Iowa (AP) — A southwest Iowa grocery store owner has been ordered to pay unemployment benefits to an employee who quit after he lectured her about the Bible.
A state judge ruled against Tyler Stille, owner of Tabor Market & Deli in Tabor, a 1,000-person city about 25 miles south of Council Bluffs, the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday.
Sherri Chafin said she quit in January 2012 after Stille preached to her about the wisdom of King Solomon and questioned her lifestyle. She filed for unemployment pay.
“He told me that I should read one psalm, or one chapter, per day, something like that,” Chafin testified at an unemployment hearing.
Chafin said Stille also criticized aspects of her life.
“He asked me if I was receiving food stamps, or any welfare, or anything like that. He told me that if I was, it was unjust because I worked and I lived with my roommate — who is my boyfriend and we’re not married,” Chafin testified. “He was very intimidating.”