NBC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 15, 1986
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.
(Minneapolis, Minnesota: Bob Abernethy) Court suit against Sports and Health Clubs Incorporated president Arthur Owens, to halt his compulsory Bible study and prayer mtgs. for management personnel and job discrimination against non-born-again fundamentalists examined. [OWENS - prays; defs. discrimination.] Minnesota supreme court's ruling outlined. [Rene HAUGEN - describes refusal of promotion because she isn't born-again Protestant.] Hawgin mentioned Catholic. [Assistant attorney general Elizabeth CUTTER - explains state's case against Sports and Health Clubs, Incorporated] Basis of Owens' legal defense outlined. [OWENS - questions applicant on her religious beliefs.] [Former employee Julie STANGELL - recalls interview with Owens.] [OWENS - defs. religious discrimination.] Different approach to business and his employees by fundamentalist Bill Watts examined. [WATTS - explains his attitude toward workers.] Possible outcome of Owens' case mentioned.