Ms. Scott was asked by her supervisor whether that unnamed person could "pray for her" and she complied out of a sense of pressure. She later declined to attend a religious conference with faculty members and was deluged by them with Christian-themed DVDs and audiotapes upon their return.
"The suit alleges that the supervisor would dim the library's lights, hold prayer meetings, 'anoint' the premises and 'lay hands' on those present. The supervisor would also leave 'praise' sticky notes and daily Bible verses around for Scott to see."
The Times goes on to describe the pressure put on Scott to practice Christianity in what became a hostile work environment. It never explains whether Ms. Scott is a nonbeliever or a believer of a different faith. But she clearly put up with a huge amount of religious harassment before she filed her lawsuit.
She took her case first to the assistant school board superintendent and was offered a transfer to another facility. But she stood her ground and said she wanted to continue working as a media aid assistant right where she was, as she had done nothing wrong. That takes guts! When her contract ended and it was not renewed, she claimed she was, in essence, fired in retaliation for her complaints.
Source: U.S. News & World Report
Scott's legal complaint says that she was told by her supervisor that she felt "righteous anger" towards Scott. This was before Scott filed a formal complaint with the school administration but after she had been rejecting the supervisor's regular "religious overtures." So the supervisor's "righteous anger" must have been produced by Scott's refusal to accept the supervisor's religion and then objecting when the supervisor kept pushing her religion on Scott.
What sort of person does it take to experience any sort of anger, much less "righteous" anger, at the refusal of another to submit to that person's religious beliefs, never mind object to constantly having them imposed? Although this sounds extreme, I'm not sure how uncommon it ultimately is — it seems to me that a lot of the behavior and political belief of Christian Nationalists might be more readily understood if we assume that there is at least some "righteous anger" at the refusal of other Americans to simply submit to Christianity and accept conservative evangelical Christianity as 100% right on everything.
Sandhya Bathija comments:
Scott’s experience gives us a glimpse into what America would be like if our country’s laws did not keep church and state separate. Though Scott is probably not the only public school employee who has experienced this type of harassment, it’s good to know there are people like her who know that there is something that can, and should, be done to stop it.
Source: Americans United
I agree that Scott probably isn't the only person in public schools or even other government institutions who has experienced religious pressure and/or harassment. It's just too implausible that her supervisor is a unique or unusual Christian, but this means that there is an unknown number of cases where the victim has not come forward to complain publicly about how they have been treated. I'm not sure how many motives there are for not speaking out aside from fear — fear of losing a job, fear of community retaliation, etc.
Have you ever experienced anything like this personally or seen such behavior around you?