H-VENTURA COUNTY

Jan 26, 2013 4:13 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Christian school files religious liberty suit

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California Christian school is suing two former teachers who had threatened a lawsuit over the school's practice of demanding proof of faith from its employees.

The Ventura County Star reports http://bit.ly/W9yn63 the teachers lost their jobs at Little Oaks School in Thousand Oaks last year after refusing to provide a statement of faith and a reference from a pastor. After they threatened litigation, school leaders filed their own lawsuit in federal court Wednesday.

The school and its owner, Calvary Chapel of Thousand Oaks, say their right to hire teachers who share their beliefs is protected by the U.S. Constitution. The school is incorporated as a for-profit entity.

The newspaper says the teachers are citing the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act, which prohibits religious discrimination with exemptions that do not include for-profit religious groups.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com

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