A Quaker church-formed social justice group can't rely on a "ministerial exception" to avoid an employment bias suit because its jobs are not "pastoral or ministerial," a federal judge has ruled. Jerry Leaphart, an attorney and Quaker representing himself, claims he was passed over for several jobs because he is black. In court papers, Leaphart said a "spiritual transformation" resulted in his "eschewing a lucrative corporate career path as an international attorney" to focus on social justice and activism.
Judge Rules That Lawyer Can Pursue Employment Bias Suit Against Quaker Group
The Legal Intelligencer
October 27, 2008