NASA Says Admin Was Fired For Poor Work, Not Beliefs

Law360, Los Angeles (March 20, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT) -- An attorney representing NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory indicated Tuesday that a computer system administrator who claims he was terminated in 2010 for expressing his belief in intelligent design had been warned years in advance to improve his poor work performance.

JPL supervisors first told David Coppedge in 2004 that employees working on the Cassini project had complained that he was difficult to work with and didn't always respond to work-related emails, said James A. Zapp of Paul Hastings LLP, an attorney for the lab.

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