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Supreme Court Upholds Ministerial Exception

By Dennis Published: January 12, 2012

This decision does not have the impact of the Pepsi case I posted, as the ministerial exception is pretty limited, but an important decision nevertheless. The Supreme Court has upheld what is referred to as the Ministerial Exception. The Ministerial Exception shields religious organizations from discrimination lawsuits.

According to Reuters: The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday for the first time in an important church-state separation issue that ministers cannot sue their churches claiming they had been fired in violation of employment discrimination laws.

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Pepsi Pays $3.1M in Bias Case Invovling Criminal Background Checks

By Dennis Published: January 11, 2012

According to the Associate Press - Pepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants even if they weren't convicted of a crime.

Probably not unexpected, reinforcing the idea that screening should be job related; of course, from a company perspective, it certainly has downsides in terms of possible negligent hiring.

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