Saturday, September 06, 2014

State Antidiscrimination Law Applies To Selection of Members of Catholic High School Basketball Team

In Cardinal Ritter High School, Inc. v. Bullock, (IN App., Sept. 5, 2014), an Indiana Court of Appeals held that the Indiana Civil Rights Law applies to alleged racial discrimination by a Catholic high school in selecting members of its basketball team. The Act, by its terms, applies to discriminatory practices relating to education. The court held that this does not offend the school's free exercise rights. However the court vacated and remanded the case because the administrative law judge who heard the testimony retired, and the findings of fact were written by a different ALJ who never heard the testimony or saw the witnesses in person.