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Church Law & Tax Report

January/February 1997
Articles with a Member Access Only are available only to members.


Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Counseling; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Liability for the Sexual Misconduct of Ministers Member access only

Church and denominational agency not responsible for pastor's misconduct
South Carolina
Church Property

Disaffiliated Churches' Property Member access only

When a church leaves its denomination, who keeps the property?
New Jersey
Freedom of Religion

Sex Discrimination in Schools Member access only

Court rules that nun cannot sue school and archdiocese.
Freedom of Religion

Sex Discrimination in Universities Member access only

Court dismisses nun's lawsuit against her former employer.

Age Discrimination Member access only

Employers cannot avoid an age discrimination claim by replacing a worker with a similarly aged worker.
Multi StateFederal
Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment as Sex Discrimination Member access only

Female minister sues denominational agency for sexual harassment.
Freedom of Religion; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Employee Dismissed After Making Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Member access only

Woman sues church for dismissing her after she complained against another minister.

Man Sues Priest and Archdiocese Over Abuse Suffered as Teen Member access only

Court dismissed lawsuit due to lack of support for claims.
Clergy Malpractice

Priest Seduces Married Woman Member access only

Court dismissed husband's lawsuit.