High Court Grills US Over Challenge To Clergy Exemption

Law360, New York (October 5, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government found little support at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday for its effort to squash a 40-year-old doctrine developed by the lower courts that blocks clergy members from filing employment suits against the religious organizations for which they work.

At oral arguments Wednesday in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Elena Kagan both expressed astonishment at the position adopted by the EEOC urging the justices to put limits on the special consideration churches...
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