Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Catholic Principal's Suit Dismissed On Ministerial Exception Ground

In Ginalski v. Diocese of Gary, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168014 (ND IN, Dec. 5, 2016), an Indiana federal magistrate judge dismissed employment discrimination claims brought by a former principal of a Catholic high school whose contract was not renewed. The principal contended that she was fired because of her sex, age and disability.  The court held that the ministerial exception requires dismissal of her claims, saying:
requiring Andrean High School to reinstate Ginalski as principal or by punishing it for not renewing her contract would violate Andrean High School's freedom under the Religion Clauses to select its own ministers.