(Closed) Question for Christian church-goers (and anyone else who may know)

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

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@DrTeeth:  Well, the honest truth is that any employer does not need to give a reason why they didn’t hire you, and even if they did for some reason they could just say “We didn’t think you were right for the job.” There is really no way to prove if they made the choice based on your religious views or not.

I am pretty sure you’re not supposed to ask that kind of question in an interview though (same with age, gender on a CV, ect).

Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@DrTeeth:  I think that he should try because you just never know.

I am sure there’s some rules that state that you can’t ask those sorts of questions in a job interview… but if it’s just a small church, you never know.

Doesn’t hurt to try!

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

My brother-in-law is the head of maintanance at a large church, and yes it will come up.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Just FYI, Title VII does give religious organizations the right to hire based on religion, unlike other corporations.

The discriminations laws don’t apply to “…a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society with respect to the employment of individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on by such corporation, association, educational institution, or society of its activities.”

Post # 22
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Busy Beekeeper

@DrTeeth:  I think it depends on the church.  I think if it did come up, there is no reason your Fiance couldn’t be honest about his religious beliefs.  Quite frankly, a church that wouldn’t hire him because he is an atheist would be a miserable place for him to work.  I’d be appalled if they disqualified hiim because of his beliefs!  But… then again, sometimes the church does appalling things 🙁

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

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@DrTeeth:  At the church my brother in law works at there is a percentage of church services and events that they must attend.  It think it is 75% attendance.

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it depends on the church!  It is worth applying.  Something like the Methodist Church I grew up in welcomes EVERYBODY.

The janitor never attended the service because he was working!

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@DrTeeth:  A recent S.Ct. decision greatly expanded the ministerial exception to certain employment laws… this is really in flux.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It will likely be brought up I don’t know if they would turn him down or not, they might want to “save” him. Depends on the church.

Post # 29
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I thought it was illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of religion in the workplace?

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

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@crayfish:  religious institutions are exempt from that law as far as i know.

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Why doesnt he just say that he has “no church affiliation” and leave it at that.  No details should be necessary.

It is very possible that they are looking for an “outsider” because they do not want to have to pick within their church either and possibly show “favoritism” to a certain person or family.

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