A newly filed EEOC charge alleges that The Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, Ill fired its 17-year music director when the director announced on Facebook that he had just become an engaged to his male partner.  This, according to the Portland Press Herald.

See: http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/06/music-director-fired-by-church-files-claim-for-discrimination/

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The director, who alleges sex, sexual orientation

“More than 100 people — activists, court enthusiasts and reporters — gathered outside the Supreme Court building early Monday, awaiting the last day of the court’s term, when the justices were expected to rule on whether President Obama’s health care law can require corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception.”      Thus spake the New

With our post yesterday on what we feel will be the growth of cases involving religion and the “ministerial exception,” we received an insightful question from Joanne Albertsen, a NYC attorney:

“Really interesting series of cases. I wonder if we’ll see more of these cases arise for employees of religious orgs as the status

Just last week we reported on a new case in Massachusetts involving alleged state law sex and sexual orientation discrimination by a religious institution based upon a refusal to hire a job applicant for a food service position who listed his “husband” as his emergency contact.  We discussed the knotty problem of such a head-to-head

The Boston Globe and Boston.com have reported what may be a legal first – a case just filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) against a religiously affiliated college prep school by a gay man who claims that his offer of employment was withdrawn after the school discovered that he listed a “husband” as

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati fired a non-Catholic computer teacher in a parochial school allegedly for violating an employment contract requiring her “to conform with Catholic doctrine, which considers pregnancy out of wedlock through artificial means ‘gravely immoral.’”  15922525_s

Plaintiff, a female non-Catholic, gay, unmarried parochial school computer teacher claimed that she was fired for

In the landmark Hosanna-Tabor case decided earlier this year, the Supreme Court held that the First Amendment bars the government from interfering with the decision of a religious group to fire one of its ministers. What this means is that such a so-called “ministerial exception” exempts an employer from the application of the anti-discrimination laws,  and an employee

On January 11, 2012, we reported about a significant First Amendment religious freedom decision involving the “ministerial exception” which was decided that day by the Supreme Court, Hosanna-Tabor Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Court had before it a teacher in a religious institution who taught both secular subjects and a class in