Supreme Court upholds teacher's firing by church-run school

Jan. 13, 2012
Case involved Lutheran school in Redford Township, Mich.

From The Detroit Free Press: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Redford Township, Mich., church's firing of a teacher. The case centered on Cheryl Perich, who developed narcolepsy and sought to keep her job, which the church said she no longer could perform. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that it was legal for Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Redford Township to fire Perich after she complained she was being discriminated against because of a disability. The court's ruling upheld the legal principle that houses of worship have what's called a ministerial exception, meaning they are exempt from some government laws, such as anti-discrimination laws.

MORE: Read the Supreme Court decision (PDF file).

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