The Lampo Group, owned by Christian personal finance adviser and radio host Dave Ramsey, is being sued for alleged religious discrimination and misrepresentation.
A complaint alleges the company, which does business as Ramsey Solutions, was run as a "religious cult," requiring employees to give "complete and total submission to Dave Ramsey and his views of the world to maintain employment."
Ramsey has also been named as a defendant as the complaint alleges his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic put employees and their families at risk.
Lawyers for a former Ramsey Solutions video editor, Brad Amos, alleged that he was fired after he objected to Ramsey's views on the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Plaintiff was terminated for failing to follow Defendant's particular view that taking precautions other than prayer against COVID infection would make a person fall out of God's favor," the complaint says.
According to attorney Jonathan Street, Amos's wife and son are at high risk for complications of COVID-19 and Amos's requests to work at home were denied. The lawsuit alleges that such concerns were dismissed as "weakness of spirit."
Ramsey Solutions said the suit is "full of blatantly false allegations that have no merit" and the organization is prepared to take action.
"It appears the goal of this lawsuit is to smear Ramsey Solutions' reputation and extort a large settlement, and we are fully prepared to defend this lawsuit and prevail," said Ramsey Solutions.