Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Just In: SCOTUS Rules 1st Amendment Bars Minister's Discrimination Claim

The Supreme Court just issued its opinion in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC. You can read my preview of the case here. A unanimous court held that the First Amendment bars discrimination lawsuits brought by ministers against their church. The teacher in question was a minister within the meaning of the ministerial exception.

The opinion just came out, so I'll likely have more analysis later. As always, HT to SCOTUSblog for live-blogging the decisions as they're released.

Note: There have been some technical difficulties with the Supreme Court's website - you may have trouble opening their opinion. My link is accurate, and I eventually downloaded the opinion successfully.

Posted by Philip Miles, an attorney with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania in the firm's civil litigation and labor and employment law practice groups.