Supreme Court to Rule When Religious Schools Can Discriminate

​The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Dec. 18 that it would decide whether the First Amendment’s freedom of religion clauses prevent courts from reviewing employment discrimination claims against parochial schools when workers performed important religious functions.

In a petition to the Supreme Court to review its discrimination case, Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Hermosa Beach, Calif., argued for limits on the enforcement of discrimination laws against religious schools. It noted that the First Amendment’s religion clauses forbid government interference in a religious group’s selection of its ministerial employees.

Courts have long agreed that the key to determining ministerial status is whether a worker performed important religious…

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