Is there any exception to religious discrimination hiring exemptions?

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Is there any exception to religious discrimination hiring exemptions?

I work at a religious non-profit that has a secular program arm that runs science
education for public schools. This secular program has been in place for over 20
years and has never had a faith-based component to it of any kind. The first
director of the program was atheist and was here for 16 years. Most of the staff
that work in the department aren’t Christian. We are now hiring for a new
director in the education department and someone on the hiring committee is
saying we can discriminate based on religion and is trying to hire a Christian
into the department while dismissing non-Christians. This feels unprofessional.

Asked on June 28, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Religious nonprofits (but not for-profit businesses which happen to be run or owned by religious insitutions) do indeed have an exemption from the religious discrimination laws and are allowed to discriminate to fulfill their mission and serve or promulgate their values.

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