Ca. Mega Church Accused of violating Civil Rights Act after firing employees

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Ca. Mega Church Accused of violating Civil Rights Act after firing employees

It’s been four years since Corona’s Crossroads Christian Schools fired 11 employees for their religious beliefs; but legal experts disagree as to whether the dismissals violated the law.

In May 2013, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found “reasonable cause to believe” that the conservative evangelical Christian school violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by dismissing the four teachers and seven other employees, most of whom are Catholic.

Oddly enough, the EEOC opted not to file a lawsuit, and the two fired employees who complained to the commission also haven’t sued.

Crossroads spokeswoman Kasey Husen says the hiring and dismissal policy remains in place.

The case spotlights on the religious freedom of the school against the religious freedom of employees.

Though Crossroads is one of the largest churches in Southern California, school officials contend that, as a ministry of the church, the school should expose students only to beliefs that are in line with church teachings.

Employees also are required to attend a born-again, Protestant evangelical church.

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