Combs v. Central Texas Annual: Church Can't be Sued for Gender Discrimination

Combs v. Central Texas Annual: Church Can't be Sued for Gender Discrimination

Combs v. Central Texas Annual

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Decided: Combs v. Central Texas Annual — The Fifth Circuit Court ruled that a church could not be sued for gender discrimination after a female pastor was fired for reasons connected to maternity leave and asking questions about why she was paid so much less than male pastors.

The court decision says:

"This case involves the interrelationship between two important governmental directives—the congressional mandate to eliminate discrimination in the workplace and the constitutional mandate to preserve the separation of church and state.

As this Court previously observed...both of these mandates cannot always be followed. In such circumstances, the constitutional mandate must override the mandate that is merely congressional."

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