A christian school in Thousand Oaks recently fired two preschool teachers for not filling out forms that asked questions about their faith and church attendance. After being fired, the two preschool teachers threatened to file a suit against the school for wrongful termination . Upon doing so, Little Oaks School filed a lawsuit against the two teachers.
The lawsuit filed by the school was based on the assumption that the school had a constitutional right to ask the teachers about their personal religious habits. However, the federal court judge involved in the case ruled in favor of the teachers dismissing the lawsuit. While the federal judge dismisses the lawsuit as he felt it was "baseless," the individual who filed the complaint on behalf of the school feels differently.
According to the school, the lawsuit was filed based on the 14th amendment in the U.S. Constitution that states all religious organizations, even schools, have the right to terminate, retain, or hire individuals who share their religious faith. Furthermore, a Supreme Court case that had been previously tried was brought to attention; the spokesperson for the school pointed at that the conclusion of the case was that federal discrimination laws do not apply to a religious organizations' choice of religious leaders.
Employees who feel that they have been terminated under false pretenses may want to consider filing a wrongful termination claim. In doing so, they can defend rights that may have been violated. Individuals who find themselves in need of filing a wrongful termination claim may also want to consider getting in touch with a wrongful termination lawyer that has a thorough understanding of California Labor Laws.
Source: Daily news, "Lawsuit against fired teacher dismissed by federal judge", Susan Abram, May 30, 2013