A Muslim Egyptian woman says she was fired from her job as a bookkeeper at an Easton church because she complained about religious discrimination by the monsignor who was her supervisor, according to a federal lawsuit against the Diocese of Allentown.

In a response filed in federal court in Allentown this week, the diocese said it eliminated Omayma Arafa's job at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Easton as a cost-saving measure. The diocese also says Arafa apparently misconstrued Monsignor Edward Zemanik's efforts to be respectful of Arafa's religious beliefs as discrimination.

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