Former New Jersey Toll Collector Sues After Being Told Not to Say ‘God Bless You’

Cynthia Fernandez, 34, was hired as a temporary toll worker and says she took the customer service part of it seriously. (www.newjersey.news12.com)
Cynthia Fernandez, 34, was hired as a temporary toll worker and says she took the customer service part of it seriously. (www.newjersey.news12.com)

Here’s a classic case of “He said, she said.” A former New Jersey toll collector is suing her former employer over what she’s calling a violation of her First Amendment rights.

Cynthia Fernandez told WCBS: “He told me he wanted to talk to me, that I couldn’t say ‘God bless you’ anymore to customers because somebody might get offended.”

Cynthia Fernandez says she was just being polite when she told drivers “God bless you.” Here’s how her attorney views it:

Attorney Greb Noble told News 12 New Jersey: “Ms. Fernandez had a right to say that, and any effort by the employer to prevent that violates her constitutional rights.”

Fernandez wants back pay and a cash settlement, but there is, of course, another side to this story.

First off, NJ.com talked to turnpike authority spokesman Tom Feeney, who says Fernandez’s resignation letter mentioned nothing of the alleged “God bless you” incident.

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SOURCE: AOL.com

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