Federal court ruling supports Concordia University – Seward

Via the best First Amendment blog on the internet:

Lutheran University Entitled To Title VII Exemption For Religious Hiring; Exemption Cannot Be Waived

In Ginsburg v. Concordia University, (D NE, Jan. 5, 2011), a Nebraska federal district court held that that a Lutheran university sued under title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act is entitled to the exemptions provided by the statute for religious-based hiring by religious educational institutions (42 USC 2000e-1) and by religious colleges (42 USC 2000e-2). The lawsuit was brought by a woman’s softball coach who claimed he was dismissed because he was Catholic, not Lutheran. The court rejected plaintiff’s argument that the school waived its exemption when it hired him knowing he was not Lutheran. The court held that an institution cannot waive its right to assert the statutory exemptions, and that the exemption covers those employed in any of the institution’s activities, not just in activities overtly religious in nature. The case is covered in yesterday’s BNA Daily Labor Report (subscription required).

I haven’t yet read the ruling but thought it worth pointing out.


Federal court ruling supports Concordia University – Seward — 3 Comments

  1. It is interesting that the court should recognize a religious institutions ‘rights’ in hiring and firing in light of societies mania with individual rights.

    Since the plaintiff was arguing, as a catholic, that he was fired, I wonder if a different reason was presented as justification for the suit, that it would have carried greater weight for the plaintiff.

    With the redefinition of marriage delineated by the Homosexual Mafia and with the ACLU calling for the tax exempt status to be rescinded for religious bodies we will see the Christian Church being squeezed as to it’s own rights and privileges under conscience, which was one of the hallmarks of the Reformation given to society at large.

  2. It’s interesting that the courts should recognize a religious institution’s rights in hiring/firing teachers of that religious view, but that religious institution’s rarely consider it worth their time to maintain it……..

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