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Age Discrimination and Religious Schools

Court rules that federal age discrimination law applies to church-run school.

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Key point: Federal age discrimination law prohibits discrimination in employment decisions on the basis of the age of an applicant or employee who is 40 years of age or older. This law applies to some religious organizations.

• A federal appeals court ruled that federal age discrimination law applied to a church school. A Catholic parochial school did not offer a teaching contract to a math teacher who had taught at the school for 5 years. The school noted that the teacher did not open classes with prayer and did not attend Mass with students. The former teacher sued the school for age discrimination. A federal district court dismissed the lawsuit, concluding that a religious school is exempt from federal age discrimination law. The teacher appealed, and a federal appeals court reversed the district court and ruled that the school was subject to the age discrimination law. The ...

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  • July 1, 1994

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