Pastor, Church & Law
Court Decisions Recognizing Negligent Retention Claims
Key point 10-05.1. Some courts have found churches liable on the basis of negligent selection for the sexual misconduct of a church worker involving another adult if the church failed to exercise reasonable care in the selection of the worker.
This section reviews court decisions in which a church or other religious organization was found liable on the basis of negligent selection for a minister's sexual contacts with an adult.
• The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that a denominational agency was responsible, on the basis of negligent hiring and supervision, for a pastor's sexual misconduct. A local church board employed a new pastor, who later engaged in a sexual relationship with a woman in the course of marital counseling. At ...
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