Bloomberg Law
July 8, 2020, 11:19 PM

Religious Employers Get Boost in Wage Cases From Supreme Court

Robert Iafolla
Robert Iafolla

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that broadened its test for excluding employees of religious institutions from the protections of anti-discrimination laws bolsters employer arguments that those workers aren’t covered by federal wage law, employment attorneys said.

The high court said in its 7-2 ruling Wednesday that the religious nature of workers’ duties are more important than titles or other factors when determining if the “ministerial exception” to anti-bias laws applies. The decision also signals that religious employers’ explanations of workers’ roles should get some deference.

The legal analysis for excluding religious workers is different under federal anti-bias laws and the ...

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