DENVER -- A co-worker who complained about Charles Corry's language on the job is an evangelical Christian who believes it's a sin to take the Lord's name in vain.

"But I don't necessarily believe everyone has to follow what I believe," Lynda Fowler testified Tuesday in federal court. "I just feel like they need to be respectful."Fowler's comments came in a Denver trial about the use of expletives and vulgarities in the workplace. Corry, who lost his job after Fowler complained about his language, sued the management consulting company that supervised his work as a contract employee on the US WEST Yellow Pages.

Now employed elsewhere, Corry wants the seven-member federal jury to award him money damages for religious discrimination, for retaliation after he complained and for interference with his contract with a third company that placed him in the US WEST job.

Corry is a Buddhist. He claims a supervisor ordered him to follow the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments after Fowler complained about his language. The commandments prohibit the use of the word "God" as an expletive.

Corry filed a written complaint of religious discrimination. Within days, he was fired.

Minnesota-based Analysts International Corp., defendant in the case, claims no one told Fowler to follow the Ten Commandments -- only to watch his language around co-workers.

Fowler works for US WEST as a computer programmer. She testified that Corry sat only a couple of feet from her -- "as close as you would sit at a dinner table" -- for a month or two as they did computer work on the Yellow Pages in 1995.

She said Corry, who is an ex-Marine with a doctoral degree, laced his everyday talk with "God" and other expletives and profanities, even when he didn't seem angry.

"The longer it went on, the more it started to grate on my nerves. . . . He has a pretty strong, loud voice anyway. I mean, it carries."

"It was definitely on a daily basis. It was sometimes hourly. I don't say necessarily every single sentence, but it seemed to be part of his normal language, just the way he talked."

She said she never asked Corry to watch his language because she had overheard him saying negative things about women. "I felt like, if I had tried to approach him and explain my concern about his language, that he would have just blown me off."

She complained to a supervisor after "I couldn't just turn it out any more. It was distracting me in my work."

Fowler said others in the workplace also used offensive language but less frequently than Corry did.

Cross-examined by Corry's attorney, Mark Bove, Fowler said she belongs to Calvary Temple, a Christian congregation in Denver, and attended a Bible college in Montana for a year.

She said she believes the Bible discourages the use of vulgar language and that using the Lord's name as an expletive is a violation of the Ten Commandments and a sin.