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U.S. Supreme Court Finds Teacher Covered Under Ministerial Exception

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A teacher who taught a religious class, led worship and led prayer was a commissioned minister, and her employment falls within the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution's ministerial exception, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan. 11, reversing a Sixth...

Foley & Lardner Labor and Employment Law Weekly Update (Week of January 23, 2012)

In a Landmark Decision, the Supreme Court Exempts "Churches" From Most Employment Discrimination Statutes Affecting "Ministers" by Gregory W. McClune The First Amendment of the United States Constitution ( U.S. Const. amend. I ) provides, in part, that "Congress shall...

Darrell VanDeusen on the Supreme Court's Decision to Recognize the "Ministerial Exemption" in Employment Discrimination Cases in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & Sch. v. EEOC

In a decision that many are calling a resounding victory for religious organizations, the Supreme Court has unanimously decided that the First Amendment's establishment and free exercise clauses create a "ministerial exception" that bars an ADA lawsuit (and by extension all discrimination...

U.S. Supreme Court Bars Ministers From Suing Their Churches For Discriminatory Termination

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states in part: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . ." The first of these two quoted clauses is known as the Establishment Clause. The second of these two quoted...

Religious Employers, the Ministerial Exception, and Pregnant Women

With Easter and Passover almost upon us, what better topic than a new case on the ministerial exception to Title VII? A federal judge in Ohio has recently refused to dismiss * a lawsuit brought by a former teacher at a Catholic school who alleged that she was let go because of her pregnancy. (The...

Woman Fired for IVF Will Test Bounds of Title VII’s Ministerial Exception

It's no secret that I approach employment law from a pro-employer viewpoint. It's right in the blog's title: The Ohio Employer's Law Blog. Yet, despite my management-side tendencies, I call 'em as I see 'em, and every now and again a story about an employer's treatment...

Religious Employers, The Ministerial Exception and Single Moms -- Again!

I wonder if there is a recognized legal specialty in the area of unwed-pregnant-moms-and-religious-schools-discrimination law. If so, I think I will qualify very soon. Happy belated Mother's Day? Not long ago , I wrote about the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which terminated an unmarried pregnant...