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A Church's Knowledge and Liability

Key point 8-24. A reference letter is a letter that evaluates the qualifications and suitability of a person for a particular position. Churches, like other employers, often use reference letters to screen new employees and volunteers. Churches often are asked to provide reference letters on current or former workers. The law generally provides employers with important protections when responding to a reference letter request. However, liability may still arise in some cases, such as if the employer acts with malice in drafting a reference letter.

Key point 10-16.5. The legal liability of churches and their officers, directors, and volunteers, is limited by state and federal "charitable immunity" laws.

An Ohio court ruled that a church was liable for a former pastor's rape of a minor in another church since it had recommended him for a pastoral position despite knowledge of at least two incidents ...

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  • April 24, 2015

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