Closing arguments may take place next week in the case of a former Jet Propulsion Laboratory worker who claims he was fired for his advocacy of the theory of intelligent design of the universe.
David Coppedge, a former systems administrator on JPL's Cassini mission to Saturn, is seeking unspecified damages, though an expert witness called on his behalf estimated Coppedge is entitled to about $850,000 in lost and potential wages, according to attorney William Becker. Coppedge also is seeking an unspecified amount for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Coppedge was demoted in 2009 and laid off in January 2011. He said he was improperly disciplined for his discussion of religious and political matters, but other witnesses have said Coppedge was terminated from his job because of poor workplace performance.