I told them that San Domenico was currently accredited by WCEA
until 2019," Mclnerney wrote.
such a hardship would be fully justified because "It]he WCEA
In recognition of the quality of Catholic education at O'Hara, WCEA
awarded the school a full term of accreditation through 2012.
Religious groups have to obey the law," said Louise Melling, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project, which helped craft the exemption to the WCEA
and also filed an amicus brief in the case.
California's Supreme Court ruled that because Catholic Charities USA did not meet the necessary requirements for a religious exemption, as it did not solely employ or service Catholics, the WCEA
was appropriately constructed to meet the state's compelling interest of "eliminating gender discrimination" by providing coverage of prescription contraceptives to the employees of this Roman Catholic social service group.
Or, to use the example given by the California Supreme Court in the Catholic Charities case, "a hypothetical soup kitchen run entirely by the ministers of a church, which inculcates religious values to those who come to eat (thus satisfying the first, second and fourth criteria [of the statutory definition of religious employer]), would lose its claim to an exemption from the WCEA
if it chose to serve the hungry without discrimination instead of serving co-religionists only.
contains a so-called "conscience clause" that exempts churches and church schools, but otherwise does not apply if the religious organization employs or serves people from other faiths.
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