A discrimination suit has been filed by a former executive of Irvine, California based Meguiar's Inc. Meguiar's is one of the leading car care product makers in the industry, and is led by founding family member, Barry Meguiar. Barry is the well-known host of the cable program Car Crazy, as well. One former exec seems to feel that being car crazy wasn't enough to keep his job, though.

Former COO Atticus O. Firey says he was fired over religion. Firey alleges that company president Barry Meguiar urged him to attend church and told him he was "robbing this company of the blessing of God by not being on your knees and on fire for Jesus." He had been with Meguiar's for nearly 10 years before being fired in July.

Meguiar's lawyer, Richard Ruben, responded to the suit by saying religion was not the motivation for Firey's firing. Ruben says that company management felt Firey's attitude and performance were less than adequate and decided to make the move because of it. "The company was suffering economically, and Mr. Firey was not showing up at the office and was only sporadically attending to his duties," Ruben said. He even described the lawsuit as a "publicity stunt."

[Source: L.A. Times, sub req]