A teacher at a Missouri Synod Lutheran school got help from the EEOC to sue the school after she was fired. She claimed the firing was retaliation for her threatening to sue them about a medical disability she has. However, a federal district court threw her suit out claiming courts were prohibited from retaliation claims in church employment matters. The teacher then appealed to a federal appeals court which said the suit could move forward since she was a teacher who was more involved in religious roles as opposed to teaching students.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously sided with the federal district court by reaffirming that courts are not allowed to consider cases involving who churches and church schools can hire or fire. Chief Justice John Roberts stated in that opinion, “The interest of society in the enforcement of employment discrimination statutes is undoubtedly important. But so too is the interest of religious groups in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith, and carry out their mission.”
This decision should be a warning to those who would sue churches over being rejected for a position or fired from a position based on how they conduct themselves in their personal lives.
-Harry A. Gaylord-