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Whistle-Blower Act doesn’t apply to religious employment

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Employees who work for religious organizations, such as church schools, can’t sue for retaliation under Florida’s Private-Sector Whistleblower Act, even if the conduct they report is clearly illegal.

Recent case: Yolanda Minagorri was fired from her job as principal at St. Kevin Catholic School shortly after a physical altercation with her supervisor, Father Jesus Saldana. Minagorri claimed Saldana grabbed her by the hand and verbally assaulted her.

Minagorri sued for retaliation, demanding lost wages and reinstatement. But the Court of Appeals of Florida tossed out her case, ruling that employees who blow the whistle on alleged illegal activity by religious organizations aren’t protected. (Archdiocese of Miami v. Minagorri, No. 3D06- 3015, Court of Appeals of Florida, 2007) 

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