AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine woman who alleged she was discriminated against for telling a colleague that she would pray for him says the matter has been settled.

Toni Richardson, a special education technician for the Augusta School Department, says she was instructed to not discuss her Christian faith at school. The Bangor Daily News reports a memorandum from the school department released Friday withdrew threats of disciplinary action against Richardson, and acknowledged all employees had a First Amendment right to “express religious beliefs.”

Richardson says she is pleased with the decision. The school’s attorney said Monday the issue could have been addressed without the disruption of filing a public complaint.

Richardson previously filed a federal religious discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in May.


Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com