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    Fired worker's suit claims religious harassment

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    April 17, 2003

    WEST PALM BEACH -- A former television production company employee is suing her ex-boss, claiming he blamed her bipolar disorder on "unconfessed sins" and fired her because it was "God's will."

    Michelle Subwick sued WJMK Television Productions head Mark Kielar Tuesday in Palm Beach Circuit Court. It was the second religious harassment lawsuit filed this year against Kielar.

    Subwick claims Kielar told her her disorder resulted from Satan infiltrating her life. Kielar advised her to pray daily with him, but she was fired when she stopped the sessions, the lawsuit claims.

    Subwick, 35, said she worked at WJMK Productions in Boca Raton from 1996 until 2001. She is asking for back pay, damages and attorney fees.

    Kielar was sued in January by a former producer, Rozanne Sonneborn, who claimed she was fired because she complained about the company's practice of enclosing scriptures in employees' pay envelopes and promoting Bible study sessions in the office.

    Kielar denied both lawsuits' accusations in a statement Wednesday, saying he is a target of "legal terrorism." He said both women were fired because of the sluggish economy and poor work.

    WJMK produces secular programs for cable television.

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