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Religious Employer Prevails Over Allegations That it Waived Religious Entity Exemption From FEHA

Posted in Discrimination, Labor Law, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

In 2018, this author blogged about how religious entities can navigate the potential traps when they seek to comply with the federal laws against anti-harassment, discrimination and retaliation laws by adopting handbook policies and training their employees, while protecting their status as exempt from the California analog to Title VII, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).  While that case was up on appeal, the parties settled, leaving the state of the law unsettled.

Happily for religious entities, the Court of Appeal for the Sixth Appellate District of California, has paved a clearer path forward for religious employers in another case pending at the same time.

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