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Texas’ 14th Court of Appeals in a novel ruling found in favor of a woman who claimed a Houston car dealership refused to hire her after she objected to materials used in a training seminar, saying they conflicted with her religious beliefs. Peter Costea, who represents Bobbie Grant, says The Rutherford Institute, a conservative civil liberties group that paid the court costs of the sexual harassment suit filed by Paula Jones against President Bill Clinton, paid for the expenses of the appeal. The 14th Court sided with Grant, reversing a no-evidence summary judgment in favor of Houston car dealership Joe Myers Toyota.

On Jan. 20, a three-judge panel in Bobbie Grant v. Joe Myers Toyota Inc. remanded Grant’s suit to 127th District Judge Sharolyn Wood, saying that Grant presented more than a scintilla of proof that the dealership refused to accommodate her religious beliefs.

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