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Church-Affiliated Employer Is Required To Provide Insurance Coverage For Contraceptives

Catholic Charities of Sacramento, Inc. v. Superior Court, 32 Cal. 4th 527 (2004) Catholic Charities challenged the Women’s Contraception Equity Act (WCEA) under the establishment and free exercise clauses of the United States and California Constitutions. Among other things, the WCEA requires that certain health and disability insurance contracts must cover prescription contraceptives. Although Catholic … Continue Reading

Religious Hospital May Terminate Employee For “Preaching” To Others In The Workplace

Silo v. CHW Medical Found., 27 Cal. 4th 1097 (2002) Terence Silo worked as a file clerk for CHW, a medical clinic sponsored by three Roman Catholic congregations. Approximately 16 months after he started working for CHW, Silo experienced a “religious conversion” after which time he became an evangelical Christian. After a patient and several … Continue Reading

Social Worker States Public Policy Claim Against Religious Entity

Phillips v. St. Mary Regional Med. Ctr., 96 Cal. App. 4th 218 (2002) Plaintiff, a former social worker for St. Mary, a nonprofit, religiously-affiliated hospital, alleged wrongful termination in violation of the public policy against race and sex discrimination as embodied in the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the California Constitution and Title … Continue Reading
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