Press Release: Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce Work Towards Another Supreme Court Victory for Religious Employment
The National Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA)filed an amici curiae brief with the US Supreme Court, seeking to overturn an old precedent which limits the protection of religious employees against discrimination and termination. This follows the High Court’s landmark decision earlier this monththat affirmed the right of religious institutions to hire according to their faith, where 7 of the 9 Justices agreed with COLPA’s argument in that case.
The latest COLPA brief was written by Attorney Nat Lewin on behalf of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, Agudath Israel of America, Agudas Harabbonim, Coalition for Jewish Values, National Council of Young Israel, Rabbinical Alliance of America, Rabbinical Council of America, Torah Umesorahand the Orthodox Union.
In the Jason Small v. Memphis Light, Gas and Water case, the Court will decide whether employees with religious obligations, such as Shabbos observance, are protected even when their religion presents more than a de minimis (minimal) cost or hardship upon the employer. The brief notes that the Court just recently broadened the protections against gender discrimination to meet the full spectrum of possible discrimination, without any de minimis requirement.
“The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce is committed to work tirelessly to make sure that religious freedoms are fully respected in the American workplace and business spheres,” says Duvi Honig, Founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is proud to be a part of this effort, and we look forward to victory.”