Supreme Court, Kimberly Atkins, Sonia Sotomayor discussed on Radio Boston
We're going to begin today in Washington. Where the Supreme Court gave us two rulings, each a margin of seven two giving faith-based employers, a lot of latitude on how they manage their employees and distribute healthcare so for more. We're joined by WBU. Our senior news correspondent Kimberly Atkins from Washington Kimberly, welcome back to Radio Boston Hi Ziana. So. What's the court pushing term out into July? You and I are making regular thing out of this at this point Kimberly, we are. We are the July Skoda's chronicles. That's you're right. Listen with the first case. We're GONNA to talk. About has to do with to California Catholic school, so I just want to disclose that I let a Catholic organization here in Boston for a number of years. Just kind of put that out there. Let's start with that ruling Kimberly. It holds that certain employees have religious schools hospitals faith based social service centers can't sue for employment discrimination. What is the thinking there? Yes, so essentially what the court considered something called the ministerial exception. To the First Amendment what it means is the idea is that religious employers whose employees are dealing primarily with the teaching or other practice of religion can't sue for discrimination under federal discrimination laws, the ideas that would bring the court into a dispute that would largely be about religion in the first. Amendment says that that's not what the government is supposed to do so there is an exception here. The question in this case is whether that exception applies to people who aren't ministers. In this case, teachers whose job whose jobs involved at least in part teaching religion and the court found that it does that these teachers cannot make claims of employment discrimination. Both of them had been dismissed. For reasons that they said were discriminatory, the court said there's no action there because their job involved religion, and they were employed by a religious employers, it expanded that ministerial exception. What was the counterargument from the two dissenting justices? Yes, so the the dissenting justices. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a dissent that was joined by Justice Ruth, Bader Ginsburg and Sotomayor essentially said she feared that this will just allow a religious employers to claim that any of their employers have.