Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

State high court: Catholic hospital may be sued for discrimination in firing

Catholic World News - February 10, 2014

Washington’s state supreme court has ruled that religious nonprofits may be sued for job discrimination on the basis of race, disability, or sexual orientation “if an employee's work was unrelated to religion,” the Associated Press reported.

State anti-discrimination legislation had previously exempted religious nonprofits.

The state high court’s decision came after St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma dismissed an unarmed security guard who had suffered a stroke; the guard has alleged discrimination on the basis of race and disability.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our January expenses ($19,764 to go):
$35,000.00 $15,235.70
56% 44%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 11, 2014 9:19 AM ET USA

    Is it not the job of all employees of a church organization to show the love of god to those they serve? Is that not a "religious purpose"? Secular courts have shown a significant lack of understanding of the constitutional meaning of "religion" in their rulings. It may be through ignorance of intent, but our Constitutional rights are not being upheld by the secular justice system.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Feb. 10, 2014 10:10 PM ET USA

    Without the facts in the case, hard to comment whether it was poor performance or race and disability issues. The stroke may have limited severely from doing his job. I am sure it will come out.

  • Posted by: FredC - Feb. 10, 2014 8:16 PM ET USA

    Make every job related to religion! Start each employee's day with the Morning Offering.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Church Fathers: St. Polycarp and St. Papias January 24
On News Both Good and Fun January 23
Guess who thinks Pope Francis shouldn't give so many interviews? January 23
A rare “win” in the Venerable League: Laity 4, Priests and Religious 3 January 23
The Didache Bible Is Here January 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12