Religious Organization Exemption

Slate reports that the creator of “a Noah’s Ark–themed creationist amusement park” in Kentucky – an “Ark park” — (the same person who created the Creation Museum) has instituted a hiring policy which requires applicants to sign three documents before being hired: a “Salvation testimony,” “Creation belief statement,” and a “Confirmation of your agreement with

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

Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2, prohibits discrimination based upon, among many other things, religion.  That is, an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of religion in hiring, firing or the terms and conditions of employment. 

Claims of religious discrimination are growing fast given the political, cultural and social conditions existing in this country today. Employees