Religious schools don't have a free pass to ignore a key federal employment law based on a "ministerial exception." At least not in the 6th Circuit, according to a ruling Tuesday in a case of first impression. Kindergarten teacher Cheryl Perich says she was unlawfully fired by Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran School in Redford, Mich., after she suddenly became ill -- she was later diagnosed with narcolepsy -- and went on disability leave. She sued her former employer for disability discrimination.
6th Circuit Finds Limits on Religious School's Freedom to Fire
The National Law Journal
March 10, 2010