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Appellate Court: Age Discrimination Claim Against Church May Proceed Member access only

Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

Victim May Sue Religious School and Its Leaders for Failing to Report Abuse, Court Says

Child Abuse Reporting

Church Leader Caught in Embezzlement Scheme Goes to Prison Member access only

Embezzlement

Dealing with Disruptive Individuals During Church Member access only

Church Membership - Discipline and Removal

Pastor Sentenced to Prison for “Sexting” Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Volunteer Given 35-Year Prison Sentence for Raping a Minor Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church School Could be Liable for Failure to Comply with State Child Abuse Reporting Law Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Not Liable for Injuries Sustain by Teen at a Church Youth Event Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

First Amendment Bars Court from Resolving Dismissed Member’s Lawsuit Member access only

Members - Discipline

Fired Choir Director Can’t Sue Church Because He’s a “Minister” Member access only

Employment Practices

Churches May Fire an Employee for Violating Moral Standards If Done Consistently Member access only

Employment Practices

Church Protected by “Qualified Privilege” from Defamation Claims by Minister Member access only

Defamation

Court Barred from Settling Sexual Harassment Claim Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Court Can’t Resolve a Dismissed Minister’s Breach of Contract Claim Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Fired Teacher Prevented from Suing Religious School for Discrimination Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Church Loses Land Title by “Adverse Possession” Member access only

Church Property

Court Barred from Ruling on Suit Brought by Former Church Members Member access only

Church Membership

Donors Can Sue for Improper Use of Designated Funds Member access only

Charitable Contributions

Pastor’s Multiple Acts of Sexual Misconduct Not Necessarily Protected by First Amendment Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Court affirmed Youth Pastor’s 40-year Sentence for predatory sexual assault Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers
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Church Issues: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity

Church Issues: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity Member access only

Richard Hammar reviews public accommodations laws.
Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws Member access only

State by state laws to report child abuse.