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Recent Developments in Federal Court Regarding Employment Practices

A federal court dismissed a race and sex discrimination claim brought by a former employee against a church agency on the ground that he failed to demonstrate that his dismissal was discriminatory or that the church treated white employees more favorably.

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Key point. Employment decisions having an adverse effect upon a member of a protected class are not necessarily discriminatory.

A federal court dismissed a race and sex discrimination claim brought by a former employee against a church agency on the ground that he failed to demonstrate that his dismissal was discriminatory or that the church treated white employees more favorably. A black male (the "plaintiff") was employed by the women's division of a denominational agency. He had received outstanding work evaluations during his employment. On one occasion he alleged that he was told to answer the phone and to tell anyone calling for the executive assistant that she was "unavailable" or in a meeting. Because the executive assistant was actually not at work on that date, the plaintiff said he did not want to lie, especially to the executive assistant's husband who was calling repeatedly. ...

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  • January 1, 1998

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