In Nolen v. Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, (ND AL, Sept. 1, 2017), an Alabama federal district court invoked the ministerial exception doctrine to dismiss a suit by a former principal of a Catholic elementary school who was fired from her position.  Plaintiff claimed she was fired for protecting Hispanic students and families from racial discrimination. Defendant claimed she was fired for embezzling funds.  After dismissing plaintiff’s civil rights and breach of contract claims under the ministerial exception doctrine, the court dismissed her remaining state law defamation and interference with contract claims without prejudice so they could be refiled in state court.



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