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Former Hospital Chaplain Sues for Age and Sex Discrimination

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• A federal district court in Missouri ruled that a hospital chaplain could not sue the hospital for alleged age and sex discrimination following her dismissal. The former chaplain was an ordained Episcopal priest who had served as chaplain of a church affiliated hospital for 10 years. Following her dismissal, the former chaplain sued the hospital on the grounds that her dismissal (1) violated the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits certain employers from dismissing employees on the basis of their sex, and (2) violated the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which bans discrimination in employment against persons 40 years of age and older—on account of age. The court granted the hospital's request for a "summary judgment," meaning that it dismissed the former chaplain's lawsuit without allowing it to go to trial. In reaching its decision, the court relied ...

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  • March 1, 1991

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