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Dismissal of Title VII Action Based on Ministerial Exception Affirmed

Skrzypczak v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa, No. 09-5089, concerned an action against a Roman Catholic diocese alleging gender and age discrimination.  The court of appeals affirmed summary judgment for defendants, on the ground that Title VII's ministerial exception barred plaintiffs' claims because plaintiff's position was not limited to a merely administrative role, but it also involved responsibilities that furthered the core of the spiritual mission of the diocese.

As the court wrote:  "In this case we consider whether the district court correctly granted summary judgment in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa on a former employee's federal employment law claims, based on the ministerial exception to Title VII. After considering the parties' arguments and the evidence in the record before us, we hold that the district court correctly dismissed the claims."

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