“Georgia Department of Public Health policy requires the disclosure and written approval of secondary employment held by its employees,” the department said in a statement released Wednesday in response to the suit.
“Dr. Walsh was extended a conditional offer of employment by DPH, subject to passing a routine background check,” the statement said. “During the background check process, DPH learned Walsh failed to disclose outside employment to his previous public health employer, which also was in violation of California law.
“Due to violation of both California state law and DPH policy, the offer to Dr. Walsh was rescinded. During his interview, Dr. Walsh disclosed his religious beliefs to DPH staff and indicated that he preached at his church in California. Dr. Walsh’s religious beliefs had nothing to do with the decision to withdraw the offer.”