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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Discrimination Based on Use of Legal Substances

Volume 3 . Chapter 8, Part 3 . § 8-21.3
Key Point8-21.3 Many states have enacted laws prohibiting employers from disciplining employees for using lawful products (such as tobacco) during non-working hours. Some of these laws exempt religious organizations.

Many states have enacted laws prohibiting employers from disciplining employees for using lawful products (such as tobacco) during non-working hours. Some of these laws exempt religious organizations. Even without such an exemption, it is unlikely that most courts would apply such a law to the relationship between a church and its ministers.

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