A doctor who says he was fired by a hospital for praying at patients' bedsides has filed a civil rights complaint accusing the institution of religious discrimination.

Dr. Ju Woong Jung, 51, said in the complaint filed with the state Civil Rights Commission this month that he had prayed with patients for 10 years while on the staff of St. Luke's Hospital with no problems.Jung was fired in February by hospital President Frank Bartell III, who cited him for insubordination and willful neglect of duty. Hospital officials said the dismissal followed repeated warnings about praying with patients.

In his complaint, the Korean-born Baptist said he fulfilled his duties to his patients and that he discussed his beliefs and prayed with patients only with their consent in order to comfort them.