Two very different narratives are emerging from the trial in which former Jet Propulsion Laboratory worker David Coppedge claims he faced discrimination because he discussed the theory of intelligent design with co-workers.
Early this week, Coppedge testified that co-workers posted cartoons on their doors mocking the theory of intelligent design, which holds that God or an intelligent agent guided the creation and evolution of the universe.
Coppedge, who encouraged co-workers to watch DVDs on the subject, claims managers barred him from discussing religion or politics while co-workers were allowed to do so. His attorney, William Becker, said Coppedge worked with an unblemished record as a systems administrator on NASA's Cassini project to Saturn until 2009, when a co-worker complained about Coppedge and the intelligent-design DVDs.
But with Coppedge facing cross-examination on Wednesday, JPL lawyers laid out a history of complaints about Coppedge's work that had nothing to do with religion or politics.