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Title VII remedies not available to church workers.

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

The press secretary for Chicago's Catholic bishop sued her employer, charging sex discrimination in violation of Title VII. But the court said she served a "ministerial function" because she helped shape the church's message to the Hispanic community. And the law bars ministerial workers from filing Title VII claims. The court said applying Title VII protections to ministerial staff would clash with church/state divisions and religious freedom issues under the First Amendment. (Alicea-Hernandez v. The Catholic Bishop of Chicago, No. 02-2280, 7th Cir., 2003)

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