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The ADA and Church Hiring

A church may be liable for discriminatory termination, but not for failing to implement reasonable accommodations since it was the plaintiff's responsibility to suggest accommodations which he failed to do.

Last Reviewed: March 29, 2021
Key point 8-14.1. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers with at least 15 employees, and that are engaged in interstate commerce, from discriminating in any employment decision against a qualified individual with a disability who is able, with or without reasonable accommodation from the employer, to perform the essential functions of the job. Accommodations that impose an undue hardship upon an employer are not required. Religious organizations may give preference to nondisabled members of their faith over disabled persons who are members of a different faith.

A federal court in Georgia ruled that a church may have violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by dismissing a custodian suffering from schizophrenia, but it could not be liable for failing to reasonably accommodate the custodian's disability since the custodian never suggested reasonable accommodations ...

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  • Last Reviewed: March 29, 2021

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