Religious Schools

Judge rules religious school within its rights to dismiss 2 teachers

Just as classes were beginning in the fall of 2012 at Little Oaks School, Lynda Serrano received a letter asking her and other teachers to provide a reference from a pastor.

The Thousand Oaks school had recently adopted a Christian curriculum and wanted a pastor to discuss, among other details, how frequently teachers attended church. Pastors also were asked to comment on a teacher's faith and to endorse them as an employee at a Christian school.

Serrano, along with another teacher, Mary Ellen Guevara, refused. School officials told them their contracts would not be renewed.

The conflict led the two teachers to file a lawsuit in May 2013 alleging religious discrimination...