Illinois woman accuses Office Depot of religious discrimination over anti-abortion fliers

Associated Press

A suburban Chicago woman is accusing Office Depot of religious discrimination, saying employees told her that making copies of an anti-abortion prayer violated company policy.

Maria Goldstein of Rolling Meadows is Roman Catholic. Last month, she asked the Office Depot in Schaumburg to make 500 copies of "A Prayer for Planned Parenthood."

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Company spokeswoman Karen Denning tells the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1Kb5StR ) that Office Depot prohibits the copying of material that advocates "the persecution of certain groups of people," among other criteria. She says the flier "contained material that advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights."

But Goldstein says the handout is part of a weeklong prayer and fasting campaign that aims to change opinions on abortion.

Office Depot is based in Boca Raton, Florida.