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Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (US 2012)

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Supreme Court Holds that ‘Ministerial Exception’ Protects Church from Teacher’s Retaliation Claim

Franczek Radelet P.C • January 20, 2012
In a significant, unanimous decision last week, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that a “ministerial exception” bars employment discrimination actions brought by employees who fall within this exception against religious employers. Relying upon the “religion clauses” of the First Amendment, the Supreme Court held that the exception barred the retaliation claim of a teacher who was also a commissioned minister. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. E.E.O.C.

Supreme Court Rules: "Church Must Be Free To Choose Those Who Will Guide It On Its Way"

Fisher Phillips • January 12, 2012
On January 11, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare unanimous decision for religious employers. The decision both clarifies that the ministerial exception is an absolute bar to employment discrimination suits brought on behalf of a minister based on employment decisions made by the employer, and illustrates that the ministerial exception may apply to a range of employees of religious institutions.

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