Woman Claims `Merry Christmas' Got Her Fired

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Christian woman claims she was fired
from her job because she greeted callers with "Merry Christmas,"
but the vacation rental company says she's just a disgruntled employee.

Tonia Thomas says she refused to say "Happy Holidays" and was fired, even after offering to use the company's non-holiday greeting.

The 35-year-old Florida woman says, "As a Christian, I don't recognize any other holidays."

Thomas has filed a federal complaint that accuses the company of
religious discrimination, and she's seeking compensation for lost wages.

Her former employer says she wasn't fired for saying "Merry Christmas," but won't elaborate. The company's president insists,
"We are a Christian company and we celebrate Christmas."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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