March 8, 2018 / 12:32 AM / in 10 months

2nd Circuit says hospital entitled to religious exemption from Title VII claims

A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday said a hospital in Brooklyn that severed its affiliation with the United Methodist Church decades ago was insulated from a former chaplain’s discrimination claims because he worked in a department with a religious mission.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision said Marlon Penn could not sue New York Methodist Hospital for religious and race discrimination because his claims touched on ecclesiastical decisions by the hospital’s department of pastoral care.

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