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Church Secretary Sues for Age Discrimination

Federal appeals court rules she has enough evidence to move case forward.

KEY POINT 8-07 Employees and applicants for employment who believe that an employer has violated a federal civil rights law must pursue their claim according to a specific procedure. Failure to do so will result in the dismissal of their claim.

KEY POINT 8-09 The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits employers with 20 or more employees, and engaged in interstate commerce, from discriminating in any employment decision on the basis of the age of an employee or applicant for employment who is 40 years of age or older. The Act does not exempt religious organizations. Many states have similar laws that often apply to employers having fewer than 20 employees.

* A federal appeals court ruled that a church secretary produced enough evidence of age discrimination to avoid a dismissal of her lawsuit. A woman (the "plaintiff") worked as the parish secretary from 1983 until May 2003, ...

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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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  • May 1, 2008

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