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Controller who refused Sabbath work wins suit

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DENVER (AP) — A former air traffic controller who was fired for refusing to work on the Sabbath has won a $2.25 million civil lawsuit.

The jury concluded Tuesday that Don Reed, 45, was the victim of religious discrimination.

"In a land where people sometimes question whether the term 'justice' has any meaning, I'm here to state that it still exists," a teary-eyed Reed said afterward.

Reed was fired by the Federal Aviation Administration in August 1995 after working in the Pueblo tower since 1990.

His nondenominational Christian church observes the Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.