In a per curiam decision, the Court affirmed dismissal of a pastor?s claims of disability discrimination under federal and state law holding that inquiry into the allegations of failure to provide reasonable accommodation of his ADD and?? ?dyslexia?? ?disabilities?? ?and?? ?constructive discharge would violate the Church?s free exercise rights under the First Amendment. Finding that Werft?s claims centered on the Church?s personnel decisions — as opposed to harassing behavior — the Court held that his claims are barred by the ministerial exception to Title VII, which must also be applied to his claims under the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and state law.? Werft v. Desert Southwest Annual Conference? of ?the ?United ?Methodist ?Church, No. 03-15545 (7/30/04; Fernandez, Thomas, Callahan).
Pastor?s Claim for Reasonable Accommodation and Constructive Discharge Barred by Ministerial Exception
Jul 30, 2004