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Houston Chick-fil-A sued by employee

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HOUSTON -- A 25-year-old Muslim Houston resident is suing Chick-fil-A in a Houston federal court.

Aziz Latif alleges the Atlanta-based fast-food chain's corporate purpose to glorify God discriminates against non-Christian employees.

He says he was fired from his job at a Houston Chick-fil-A restaurant a day after he refused to pray to Jesus Christ during a training session in November 2000.

The lawsuit filed Monday said that an evaluation prepared a week before his firing praised Latif as a "great manager" who knew the "operation side of the business very well."

Chick-fil-A declined comment, but spokesman Jerry Johnston said the company's well-known religious credo does not infringe upon employees' rights.

Chick-fil-A's no-work-on-Sunday mantra has been in effect since founder and chief executive officer S. Truett Cathy opened his first fast food restaurant in 1946.

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