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The Indiana Supreme Court ruled that a religious organization could not be sued for giving a negative reference on a former employee.

Key point 2-04.1. Most courts have concluded that they are barred by the first amendment guarantees of religious freedom and nonestablishment of religion from resolving challenges by dismissed clergy to the legal validity of their dismissals.
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* The Indiana Supreme Court ruled that a religious organization could not be sued for giving a negative reference on a former employee. A church hired a new pastor. The pastor met with a pastoral associate (Linda) and gave her the choice of resigning or being fired. Linda chose to be fired. She claimed that the pastor told her that the reason she was being fired was that "she intimidated him, that they could not get along, and that he did not like working with her." The church insisted that Linda had been fired for her "expression of unorthodox theological views and conduct offensive to church teachings." Linda sued ...

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  • July 1, 2004

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