Employment Law

10th Cir. reverses summary judgment in Title VII Sabbath accommodation case

10th Cir. reverses summary judgment in Title VII Sabbath accommodation case

On January 17, 2018, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court improperly granted summary judgment against plaintiffs in a holy day observance case.

 
 

CA governor vetoes religious employee reproductive privacy bill

CA governor vetoes religious employee reproductive privacy bill

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have prohibited religiously affiliated institutions from taking employment action against non-ministerial employees for their reproductive health decisions including “the use of any drug, device, or medical service.”

 
 

EEOC files suit against physician who mandated daily religious meetings

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he U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit on behalf of four former employees of a Texas physician who allegedly discriminated against them on the basis of religion by unlawfully requiring them to attend daily Bible studies, requiring them to discuss religious matters in these meetings, and for terminating them for religious reasons. According to the EEOC's complaint, […]

 
 

Georgia drops subpoena request for laypastor's sermons and Bible

Georgia drops subpoena request for laypastor's sermons and Bible

After over 40,000 people signed a petition expressing outrage at the State of Georgia for demanding Seventh-day Adventist lay pastor Dr. Eric Walsh's sermon notes, transcripts, and Bible, the state has withdrawn the subpoena.

 
 

"Ministerial exception" preempts discrimination lawsuit brought by injured church school teacher

"Ministerial exception" preempts discrimination lawsuit brought by injured church school teacher

On August 15, 2016, a Federal Court in Maryland upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a 56-year-old injured music teacher at a Seventh-day Adventist school on the basis that, as a "minister," she had no right to pursue federal claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

 
 

Court rules Title VII parties can recover fees on procedural wins

Court rules Title VII parties can recover fees on procedural wins

The Supreme Court's ruling in CRST Van Lines v. EEOC (5/19/16) allows potential award of attorney fees even if court does not reach merits.

 
 

Trump's troubling evasion of basic religious liberty questions

Trump's troubling evasion of basic religious liberty questions

Donald Trump evades questions about whether employers should have right to discriminate on basis of religion and the tax-exempt status of religious organizations.

 
 

New Supreme Court Case Could Stretch RFRA to Breaking Point

New Supreme Court Case Could Stretch RFRA to Breaking Point

If Congress, which passed both RFRA and Obamacare, believes RFRA's application goes too far, Congress could decide to repeal all or part of RFRA.

 
 

Catholic Hospitals Appeal Federal Court Decision Saying They're Not Catholic Enough

Northridge Hospital in Northridge, CA is a Dignity Health facility (from LinkedIn)

Longstanding, agency-approved exemption of religious hospitals from federal pension law had been overturned, threatening Dignity Health chain of U.S. hospitals with ruinous penalties

 
 

Bill Would Ban Gov't Discrimination Based on Religious Views of Marriage

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Bills have been introduced in both houses of the U.S. Congress that would prohibit the Federal government from discriminating against individuals, associations, and businesses that act in accordance with their religious beliefs about marriage.