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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Application to Religious Organizations

Volume 3 . Chapter 8, Part 3 . § 8-12.1
Key Point 8-12.1 Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers engaged in commerce and having at least 15 employees from discriminating in any employment decision on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, or religion. Religious organizations are exempt from the ban on religious discrimination, but not from the other prohibited forms of discrimination. Title VII, section 702, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states: This title shall not apply to … a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society with respect to the employment of individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on by such corporation, association, educational institution, or society ...

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