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Church Law & Tax Report

The First Amendment and Church Employment Disputes Member access only

Courts are generally barred from resolving ministers’ employment claims.
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Former Pastor Sues Church for Breach of Compensation Agreement Member access only

Have all important documents reviewed by legal counsel.
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Termination of a "Whistleblower" Member access only

A court cannot intervene in the firing of a ministerial employee.
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Recent Developments in Florida Regarding Clergy Removal Member access only

A Florida court ruled that a church board properly removed a pastor without a congregational vote.
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Recent Developments in Georgia Regarding Clergy Removal Member access only

A Georgia court ruled that the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom prevented it from resolving a lawsuit brought by a minister challenging the legality of his removal by his church.
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Recent Developments in Ohio Regarding Clergy Removal Member access only

An Ohio court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment from resolving an internal church dispute regarding the tenure of the pastor.
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Recent Developments in Arizona Regarding Clergy Removal Member access only

An Arizona court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment from resolving a dispute between a church and a priest concerning the termination of the priest's employment, but it could enforce a church's judgment authorizing an award of damages to the priest if it could do so without becoming "entangled" in church doctrine.
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Recent Developments in Texas Regarding Clergy Removal Member access only

A Texas court ruled that it lacked the authority to intervene in a local church dispute involving the retention of a pastor.
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Recent Developments by a Federal Appeals Court Regarding Employment Practices Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that a church-affiliated university did not commit unlawful discrimination when it dismissed a professor in its divinity school.
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Officers, Directors and Trustees Member access only

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Clergy Member access only

Removal
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Church Business Meetings Member access only

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Dismissing a Minister for Wrongdoing Member access only

Take care when terminating staff over moral conduct.
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Recent Developments in Federal Court Regarding Clergy Removal Member access only

A federal appeals court ruled that it had no authority to resolve a "wrongful termination" claim brought by a minister against a religious employer.
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Recent Developments in Maryland Regarding Church Elections Member access only

A Maryland court ruled that a church dispute over an election did not have to be arbitrated but could be resolved by a civil court.
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Recent Developments in Illinois Regarding Clergy Removal Member access only

An Illinois court ruled that the first amendment did not prevent it from resolving a dispute over the removal of an officer by a religious organization since it could do so without any inquiry into religious doctrine.
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Recent Developments in New Jersey Regarding Employment Practices Member access only

A New Jersey court ruled that a church acted properly in dismissing its music director for criminal acts.
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Recent Developments in North Dakota Regarding Employment Practices Member access only

The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that an employer may have violated a minister's legal rights by dismissing him for engaging in private sexual behavior in a public restroom.
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Age Discrimination and Denomination Policy Member access only

A minister's age discrimination lawsuit challenging a denominational policy requiring the retirement of ministers at 70 years of age was barred by the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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Racial Discrimination Member access only

A federal district court in Georgia ruled that it was barred by the "ministerial exception" from resolving a dismissed minister's claim that his dismissal was a result of unlawful racial discrimination.
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