Removal, Clergy

Racial Discrimination

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.

Age Discrimination and Denomination Policy

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.

Recent Developments in Arizona Regarding Clergy Removal

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.

Recent Developments in Illinois Regarding Clergy Removal

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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