MARGARET DEWEESE v. GORDON COLLEGE (SJC)

KeywordsReligion. Constitutional Law, Freedom of religion. Anti-Discrimination Law, Religious beliefs, Employment. Employment, Discrimination

Today the Supreme Judicial Court issued an important case on religion and employment.  In Margaret Deweese-Boyd Vs. Gordon College & Others  The Court discussed the clash between the ministerial defense (which limits the government interference in religious areas) and the employment/discrimination laws (which protect employees).  The court found that the employment of the plaintiff was not as a minister and thus the ministerial defense was not applicable.  The SJC remanded the case back to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this decision.  Mass Lawyers Weekly reported: The “ministerial exception” does not apply to an associate professor of social work at a private Christian liberal arts college, and she should be allowed to pursue her claims that the school unlawfully retaliated against her for her vocal opposition to the school’s LGBTQ+ policies, the Supreme Judicial Court decided on March 5.

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