DignityUSA Fights Discrimination against LGBTQI Employees at Catholic Institutions
In early March, DignityUSA filed Amicus Briefs in two lawsuits challenging Catholic institutions’ claims of “ministerial exemptions” in the termination or mistreatment of three employees. In the US Supreme Court cases of St. James School v. Estate of Kristen Biehl and Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Agnes Morrissey-Berru, the schools in question claimed “ministerial exemption” in terminating a Catholic laywoman and a non-Catholic woman, respectively, both teachers, due to disability and age. In Koenke v. St. Joseph’s University, filed in the US District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania, Noel Koenke claims that being ordered to remain silent about her upcoming marriage to another woman violates the university’s stated claims of non-discrimination against LGBT people. DignityUSA is committed to ensuring that religious exemptions are not misused against members of our community working for Catholic employers. For more information about these cases, please contact Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA.