A Spanish court has rendered an interesting decision: ordering the Catholic Church to re-hire a teacher fired for adultery and to pay back pay of $12,888 to Maria del Carmen Galayo.
Galayo was fired from her positionafter she separated from her previous husband and remarried without having an annulment.
In the United States, this remains a difficult question given the guarantees of free exercise of religion. As an organization, the Church is based on certain moral precepts and the question is the scope of that right as it applies to employees. Homosexuals and non-faithful Catholics are at risk of discrimination under such church doctrines. Yet, not only does free exercise protect religious practices but there is also the right of association.
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