(Billy Hallowell) Audrey Jarvis, a 19-year-old liberal arts major, was in for a surprise last month when she arrived to her campus job wearing a cross necklace around her neck. Why, you ask? This personal decision to wear a Christian pendant was met with a troubling reaction from her boss at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.
While she was working at the Associated Students Productions, a student orientation event, her supervisor told her to remove the necklace and said that it might offend incoming freshman. And if once weren’t enough, she was reportedly asked a second time to conceal the cross, with her boss giving an ultimatum to either hide it under her shirt or take it off entirely, Fox News reports.
The necklace, the supervisor said, was not allowed under the chancellor’s rules — and wearing it would potentially offend attendees and make the feel unwelcome. Jarvis was so upset over the incident that she left her post early and called her mother to discuss the situation. Now, the scenario has made its way into national media.
Following the June 27 event, the Liberty Institute, a conservative legal organization, is defending Jarvis, calling the request an overt act of religious discrimination.