High Court Bias Ruling in Favor of Religious Schools Won't End Disputes
Partner Nathan Adams was cited in a Business Insurance article analyzing the implications of a recent Supreme Court ruling that held that religious schools can claim a ministerial exception to a discrimination charge under the Americans with Disabilities Act. At issue in cases like these is the relationship between a person's position and the school or institution's mission, which can vary widely. Mr. Adams commented that the ruling indicated that the court wanted to offer institutions greater flexibility in defining that relationship.
"[The Supreme Court wanted to] give some flexibility to religious institutions to determine whether those positions are really core to inculcating the faith," he said, adding that the decision demonstrated the court would be less formulaic about applying the legal doctrine.