Religious Schools Insulate Themselves from Discrimination

Religious Schools Insulate Themselves from Discrimination
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n>The Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that stripped the protections of anti-discrimination laws from thousands of teachers at religiously affiliated schools. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru,two teachers at Catholic schools sued their schools for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The Court ruled that, even if their discrimination allegations were true, their lawsuits were barred by the so-called “ministerial exception,” a First Amendment doctrine that exempts religious institutions from anti-discrimination laws in hiring and firing employees deemed ministers. In so doing, the Court greatly expanded the definition of “minister” to include nearly every teacher at religiously affiliated schools, and quite possibly many other employees as well. Read Full Article »

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