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Employment Practices - Part 1

A Tennessee court ruled that a denominational agency did not commit unlawful race discrimination when it appointed a white male to a management position.

Key point 8-07. Employees and applicants for employment who believe that an employer has violated a federal civil rights law must pursue their claim according to a specific procedure. Failure to do so will result in the dismissal of their claim.

* A Tennessee court ruled that a denominational agency did not commit unlawful race discrimination when it appointed a white male to a management position instead of a black female secretary who had applied for the same job. A black female (the "plaintiff") who worked for a religious organization as a full-time secretary expressed an interest in a part-time position as her employer's communications director (in addition to her full-time secretarial position). The religious organization decided to combine the position of communications director with a newly created position of director of disaster relief. The combined full-time position was ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • May 1, 2003

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