Friday, July 29, 2022

Ministerial Exception Doctrine Requires Dismissal Of Race and National Origin Discrimination Claim

In Chris v. Kang, (D OR, July 26, 2022), an Oregon federal district court dismissed a claim of race and national origin discrimination brought by plaintiff who was not hired as the Worship Pastor of Village Baptist Church.  Plaintiff claimed he was not hired because he was not a native English speaker, was said to be unfamiliar with American culture and to speak with an accent. The court held that the ministerial exception doctrine applies to both Title VII and state employment discrimination claims, insulating from judicial review the church's decisions on who should be its ministers.