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Religious Discrimination

Can churches discriminate on the basis of religious affiliation?

New York
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Key point: Under federal law, and the corresponding laws of some states, religious organizations have the right to discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of the religious affiliation of employees or applicants.

• A New York court ruled that a university affiliated with the Catholic Church did not engage in unlawful discrimination when it dismissed a vice president on the basis of his Jewish faith. The vice president had been employed by St. John's University for more than 20 years in a variety of capacities. From 1986 to 1990 he served as vice president for student life. In 1990 he was dismissed, and he later sued the university claiming that he had been fired on the basis of his religious beliefs in violation of a state law prohibiting discrimination against employees on the basis of religion. The university pointed out that this law specifies that "nothing contained ...

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  • July 1, 1994

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