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Employment Practices - Part 2

A Minnesota court ruled that a religious school and a parent denomination did not unlawfully discriminate against a homosexual teacher.

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 the sexual orientation of an employee or applicant for employment. Such laws generally exempt religious organizations.

* A Minnesota court ruled that a religious school and a parent denomination did not unlawfully discriminate against a homosexual teacher who was forced to resign after disclosing his sexual orientation. A private Christian school was affiliated with a religious denomination (the 'national church'). The national church formally recognized homosexual behavior as 'intrinsically sinful,' and urged homosexuals to repent and abstain from homosexual behavior. The school's faculty handbook notes that the school 'is a sacred community which is administered according to the Christian understanding of the Gospel.' ...

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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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