US Supreme Court Confirms Ministerial Exeption

The US Supreme Court recently confirmed the applicability of the First Amendment’s “ministerial exception,” which precludes the application of employment discrimination laws to ministers. In Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Church and School v. EEOC, 132 S.Ct. 694 (2012), the Supreme Court held the ministerial exception precluded a teacher’s claim of disability discrimination against her church school employer. The… Continue reading US Supreme Court Confirms Ministerial Exeption

EEOC Enforcement Guide to Use of Arrest and Conviction Records

On April 25, 2012, the EEOC issued Enforcement Guidance to Employers on use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions.   Oregon and Federal law permit employers to do criminal background checks of applicants as part of the hiring process.  Yet, because African Americans and Hispanics are arrested and incarcerated in numbers disproportionate to their representation in… Continue reading EEOC Enforcement Guide to Use of Arrest and Conviction Records