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Harry Potter and the librarian's lawsuit
By: Wes Wallace

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - A Poplar Bluff woman refused to attend a work related party, and claims the fallout forced her to quit her library job. Now she's filed a lawsuit in federal court.

Deborah Smith tells Heartland News she didn't want to work at a library sponsored Harry Potter book party, because she feels the contents of the wizard series go against her personal religious beliefs.

Smith claims she was suspended for ten days without pay, and says her work duties changed when she returned to the library. Smith quit her job and started the legal battle for her rights.

"It's never been about telling other people you should or should not have anything to do with this, that's not what it's about, it's about my right to make that decision for myself, " said Smith.

Both the city of Poplar Bluff and the library declined comment and did not return our phone calls Wednesday.

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