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-- thanks -- opening statements expected today in the case of a former NASA specialist who claims.
He was fired over his views on intelligent design that's the idea that the universe is too complex not too involved a higher power joining us right now from.
Topics the plaintiff in the case and as attorney William Becker so David when did you lose your job.
I lost it in January 2011 and why don't you think was because of budget cuts.
Well there were only two of us let go at that time of a team of six.
And I was the most senior in the group with the most experience and history on the team.
And of the other one was near retirement.
We would make you think this case has merit has to go forward.
When David was discriminated against based on the perception that he -- is.
Advocating a religious.
Idea religious dogma on -- disabuse you what you said just a second ago.
An intelligent design does not propose that there's a higher power it doesn't even suggest what the intelligent designer is or could be.
It only explains that there is example there are examples of design in nature that we can relate to from our own common experiences.
So what are you looking for today David -- for your job back to unify a financial settlement and well when we first -- this suit I had not yet lost my job and we felt that a grave injustice had been done.
And we wanted vindication things to be put America's they have been.
But -- I got fired and done so that editor retaliation aspect of this case and part of it is that the the California should have technology lawyers have brought up did you received a written warning.
Because -- co workers complained of your harassment about this what your response.
I think that's foolish -- all I did was share some dvds with coworkers some people I had worked with for years.
These dvds remained loyal -- media such as the privilege planet they're beautiful productions.
And I wouldn't just offer a friend occasionally want to take home on the weekend and watch if they were interest it.
Also their lawyers contend that you one of two Cassini technicians at among 246 JPL employees.
Let go last year just because of budget cuts.
No the other layoffs occurred months later just.
We're here 2011.
We knew that there was a reduction in force and we -- achieve that reduction.
Just by attrition.
Had they not -- the team by adding two additional people a few months before -- layoffs began and ranking me.
This week low on ratings even -- and I have had good reviews for the prior fourteen years that I his.
So you're taking a record it all begins this week NASA basically we contacted them and they said -- this is true.
So good look at if I would -- to have you on after it's done and and David and William thanks for joining us this morning.
Thank you for are.
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