Religious school teachers lack employment bias protection

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in July 2020 that barred teachers who work at religious schools from filing discrimination lawsuits against their employers, the New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of an unwed teacher who was fired from a Catholic elementary school for being pregnant (“An Unmarried Catholic Schoolteacher Got Pregnant, She Was Fired.” The New York Times, June 28).

As a layman, it’s hard to understand why the New Jersey court will hear the case.  I thought that the issue had been settled once and for all last year. It seems that all religious schools have to do is to declare that all staff are “ministers” to avoid being sued for employment discrimination. I believe that’s unfair, but it is the law.

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