Supreme Court Gives Churches a Pass In Employment Decisions

The United States Supreme Court ruled last Wednesday that churches cannot be sued in employment discrimination suits where the plaintiff is a teacher who serves as a minister of the faith.  Lower courts had previously ruled that churches were immune from such claims, holding that the Constitution included a ministerial exception that insulates churches and schools from government interference.  In deciding in favor of the churches, Justice John Roberts relied upon the First Amendment, and noted that churches "must be free to choose who will guide it on its way."  The ruling will likely not purely secular teachers from bringing employment discrimination claims.
Categories: Employment Law