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Augusta teacher files charges of religious discrimination

Toni Richardson, an ed-tech employed by the Augusta School District, filed charges of religious discrimination and retaliation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) – A Cony High School teacher claims she was punished for telling a co-worker, "I will pray for you."

Toni Richardson, an ed-tech employed by the Augusta School District, filed charges of religious discrimination and retaliation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

She says she was instructed to never use phrases like, "I will pray for you," and "you were in my prayers," in private conversations with co-workers.

"I'm just very conscious of what I'm saying at all times, making sure that what comes out of my mouth is not a reflection of anything that has to do with my faith, which is a large part of who I am, so it's like not having a large part of me at work," Richardson said.

We reached out to the Augusta School Department several times Tuesday for comment, and we have not heard back.

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