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Clergy—Removal - Part 2

A Washington state court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom from resolving sexual harassment and retaliation claims.

Key point 8-06. The civil courts have consistently ruled that the first amendment prevents the civil courts from applying civil rights laws to the relationship between a church and a minister.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964

* A Washington state court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom from resolving sexual harassment and retaliation claims made by a female associate pastor against her senior pastor as well as negligent supervision claims against her church and denomination. A church's associate pastor (Pastor Sarah) alleged that the church's senior pastor began making unwelcome sexual advances toward her shortly after she was employed by the church. These advances included frequent comments about her appearance and suggestive gestures and remarks. Pastor Sarah confronted the senior pastor, but he denied the accusations. Shortly after this encounter ...

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  • July 1, 2005

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