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Arbitration

A federal court in Louisiana refused to overturn an arbitration award in an employment dispute between a church-operated school and a former employee.

Key point 10-16.8. Churches have various defenses available to them if they are sued as a result of a personal injury. One such defense is an arbitration policy. By adopting an arbitration policy, a church can compel members to arbitrate specified disputes with their church rather than pursue their claim in the civil courts.
Negligence as a Basis for Liability

* A federal court in Louisiana refused to overturn an arbitration award in an employment dispute between a church-operated school and a former employee, and concluded that a mandatory arbitration provision in the school's employment contracts was binding on the courts. A church-operated school hired a woman ("Pamela") to serve as elementary principal. The contract required that all disputes arising out of the employment relationship be submitted to biblically-based mediation and arbitration. The contract further required that ...

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  • November 3, 2003

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