WT Wins: 9th Circuit Decision Broadens the “Ministerial Exception” in Lawsuits Brought Against Religious Employers

After obtaining summary judgment at the district court earlier this year in an employment lawsuit, Paul Gaspari, Daniel Zamora, and Ryan Abernethy prevailed in the 9th Circuit appeal to the dismissal. The 9th Circuit’s judgment sets favorable precedent for religious employers as it broadly applies the ministerial exception under the US Constitution and the Religious Exemption under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.