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Employment Practices - Part 1

Maryland's highest court ruled that an employment discrimination law that did not permit religious organizations to discriminate on the basis of religion would violate the first amendment's guaranty of religious freedom.

Key point 8-08.1. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers engaged in commerce and having at least 15 employees from discriminating in any employment decision on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, or religion. Religious organizations are exempt from the ban on religious discrimination, but not from the other prohibited forms of discrimination.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

* Maryland's highest court ruled that an employment discrimination law that did not permit religious organizations to discriminate on the basis of religion with respect to any staff position would violate the first amendment's guaranty of religious freedom. A church-school provides education from kindergarten through grade 12. When the church employed a new pastor in 1996, the school's administrative policies were reviewed and a rule was adopted requiring all school employees to be members ...

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  • July 1, 2002

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