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Sexual Harassment and Church Employees

A federal court in New York ruled that a local church and denominational agency could be sued for the sexual harassment of a church employee by two pastors.

Key point 8-08. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers engaged in commerce and having at least 15 employees from discriminating in any employment decision on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, or religion.

* A federal court in New York ruled that a local church and denominational agency could be sued for the sexual harassment of a church employee by two pastors. A woman (Jane) was hired by a church to operate the parish office. Her responsibilities included maintaining finances, accounting of incoming money, banking deposits, managing financial reports, cutting payroll checks, paying monthly bills, scheduling church and community functions at the parish hall, addressing parishioners telephone inquiries, and preparing bulletins. In addition to these responsibilities, she worked closely with parishioners and their families for baptisms, funerals, weddings, ...

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  • March 1, 2007

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