Supreme Court examines discrimination lawsuits against religious schools


May 11, 2020

By Ariane de Vogue

The Supreme Court on Monday will tackle a dispute concerning two teachers who sought to file employment discrimination claims against the religious schools that fired them.

Seven years ago, the Supreme Court recognized a “ministerial exception” for the first time, holding that under the First Amendment the government could not interfere with a church’s hiring decisions. The justices held that the teacher in that case could be considered a “minister” under the law, triggering the exception.

Now the justices will address the scope of that decision and whether it bars teachers — who say they have limited religious duties — from bringing suit.

Like those last week, the oral arguments will be held remotely by telephone with audio broadcast live to the public.

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