AUBURN – A former worker at a Lewiston sporting goods store has filed a lawsuit against the store and his former supervisor, saying she discriminated against him and harassed him because he is an atheist.

Jason Rines of Gardiner says in his complaint filed this week in Androscoggin County Superior Court that the harassment forced him to quit his job at the Olympia Sports store.

Rines says in the suit the supervisor made it clear she was a devout Christian and often interjected her beliefs into their conversations. He says she often pressured him to come to her church.

The Sun Journal reports that the suit seeks lost wages and compensatory and punitive damages under state law that bars religious discrimination.

A lawyer representing the store’s parent company said he had no comment.

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