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Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Egan v. Hamline United Methodist Church, 2004 WL 771461 (Minn. App. 2004)

Article summary. Can churches discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation? Can they terminate employees, or refuse to consider applicants for employment, on the basis of sexual orientation? These are questions that many church leaders have asked. Until now, few courts have addressed this issue directly. That has changed. A Minnesota court recently issued a ruling in a case brought against a church by its former music director who was terminated on the basis of his sexual orientation. The court concluded that the music director could not sue the church for discriminating against him. The court's ruling is fully addressed in this feature article.

• Key point 8-12. Many state civil rights laws prohibit employers with a specified number of employees from discriminating in any employment decision on the basis of ...

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  • July 1, 2004

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