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Legal Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
StateTitle Category

Appeals Court Refused to Dismiss a Former Employee’s Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Member access only

Discrimination; Employment Practices; First Amendment

Landowner Denied a Zoning Variance for the Creation of a Shooting Range Near a Church Member access only


Former School Counselor’s Discrimination Claims Barred by Ministerial Exception Member access only

Employment Practices; Ministerial Exception

Employee in Same-Sex Civil Union Sues Religious School Member access only

Employment Practices

Pastor’s Conversation with the Defendant Allowed in Murder Case Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

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

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

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

Church Property

Ministerial Exception Prevents Court from Resolving Discrimination Lawsuit Member access only

Employment Practices; Judicial Resolution of Church Disputes

Indiana Court Rules Couple Who Reported Suspected Child Abuse May Sue for Having Identity Exposed Member access only

Child Abuse Reporting

Indiana Court Rules First Amendment Prevents It from Resolving Pastor’s Compensation Lawsuit Member access only

Clergy - Discipline and Removal

Court Awards School Teacher Damages in Suit against Diocese for Disparity in Female and Male Employee Treatment Member access only

Employment Practices

Social Media and Sexual Offenses Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Failed Shooter Prevention and Fault Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Indiana's Marriage Solemnization Statute Shows Clergy Preference Member access only


Document Stating Affiliated-Denomination Properties Were Owned by Denomination Is Not Enforceable Member access only

Church Property

Church Officials Reduce Counseling Payouts for Victim of Abuse Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Insurance: Investigation Cooperation Requirements Member access only


Defamation Via Email Member access only


Former Pastor Sues Church for Breach of Compensation Agreement Member access only

Clergy - Removal; Compensation and Benefits

Chaplains and Miranda Warnings Member access only

Criminal Liability