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placeholder January 23, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Court avoiding cases on firing

WASHINGTON — The direction the courts will take with other cases related to religious employment is far from clear, but the Supreme Court’s Jan. 11 ruling opens a whole track of possibilities.

The decision in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC held that fired teacher Cheryl Perich could not sue under federal disability discrimination laws, because the Michigan Lutheran school where she worked considered her a “called” minister.

Two cases involving Catholic dioceses that have been pending before the Supreme Court ask related questions.

In Skrzypczak v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa, Monica Skrzypczak sued the Oklahoma diocese for gender and age discrimination after being fired from her job as director of the Department of Religious Formation. In a second case, former math teacher Madeline Weishuhn sued the Diocese of Lansing, Mich., alleging retaliation that violated anti-discrimination laws.

Lower courts in both cases held that under the ministerial exception, the decisions fell within the bounds of a church’s protection from state interference in employment decisions.

On Jan. 17, the court without comment declined to take both cases, meaning the rulings in favor of the dioceses stand.

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