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Pastor, Church & Law

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

Discrimination Based on Religion or Morals

Volume 3 . Chapter 8, Part 3 . § 8-12.4
Key Point 8-12.4 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. The Act permits religions organizations to discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of religion. This exemption permits such organizations to discriminate on the basis of moral or scriptural standards so long as they do consistently and not in a way that adversely impacts employees who are members of a group that is protected under an applicable state or federal discrimination law.

Can a church lawfully discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment on the basis of moral teachings? ...

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