Dave Ramsey is a personal finance advisor and radio show host who’s well-known in Christian circles for his money advice, which blends no-nonsense tough talk with practical tips on lowering debt. In recent months, he’s also generated a good deal of controversy over accusations of a toxic work environment at Ramsey Solutions, his Nashville, Tennessee company. So far, most of these stories have resulted in little more than bad press, including one bizarrely antagonistic response to a Religion News Service reporter. But now, Ramsey is on the business end of a lawsuit.
Former employee Brad Amos says he was fired for questioning the company’s relaxed take on the COVID-19 pandemic. He says that the Lampo Group, which does business as Ramsey Solutions, is run like a “religious cult.” Employees are required to give “complete and total submission to Dave Ramsey and his views of the world to maintain employment,” according to RNS.
“Plaintiff was terminated for failing to follow Defendant’s particular view that taking precautions other than prayer against COVID infection would make a person fall out of God’s favor,” the lawsuit continued.
Amos says that Ramey Solutions held a mandatory in-person meeting the day after the first COVID-19 case was confirmed on staff. According to the lawsuit, Ramsey called pandemic precautions a “weakness in spirit.” When Amos asked if he could work remotely, he says he was told he would be demoted. He was fired in July, he says, because he was “not a good fit.”
A Ramsey spokesperson told The Tennessean that Amos’ claims are “blatantly false.”
“In fact, his inflammatory and false statements rise to the level of slander and defamation, and we are prepared to take action against Mr. Amos to stop him from making such comments about Ramsey Solutions,” she continued. “It appears the goal of this lawsuit is to smear Ramsey Solutions’ reputation and extort a large settlement, and we are fully prepared to defend this lawsuit and prevail.”