Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 15, 2023 / 13:10 pm
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld a Catholic school’s ability to enforce an employee code of conduct in line with Catholic moral teaching and to fire teachers for violating that code.
The ruling in Victoria Crisitello v. St. Theresa School further solidifies the ability of New Jersey religious schools of all types to enforce moral codes of conduct in line with their religious practice.
“This ruling provides Catholic schools in New Jersey with a significant new protection against lawsuits brought by employees who do not follow a school’s code of conduct,” Eric Rassbach, an attorney with Becket, a law firm specializing in religious freedom cases, told CNA.
Becket filed an amicus brief in support of St. Theresa School on behalf of Agudath Israel of America, a national Orthodox Jewish advocacy organization.