Law and Ethics Case Study: Pastor Forester Issue

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TO: The board of directors: FROM: Law and Ethics teacher DATE: October 22, 2010 SUBJECT: Pastor Forrester issue From the examination of facts, Pastor Forrester has committed illegal and discriminatory acts that can bring liability to the school. The school can be held liable for the acts of Pastor Forrester and may have to pay for any possible damages. Pastor Forrester has committed illegal and discriminatory practices when he addressed Anna Seenandfeld as "over the hill" teacher. He created such an atmosphere in the school that Andy DuFrane called her "God! These menopausal women should not be allowed around our students". Title VII has described "hostile environment" and this was created on the basis of age for Anna. Further, Pastor Forrester was required to treat a pregnant lady, Lisa Ready, in the same way as he would treat temporary illness. Instead of assigning light work to her, he assigned especially hard and dangerous work to her. This is Pregnancy Based Discrimination under Title VII. Under the common law the school can be held liable for damages for pain and suffering inflicted on both the victims. The school can be held liable for medical expenses, future economic loss, and domestic care. In case of Lisa Ready, the school will be liable to her for her son's medical and other expenses because of premature delivery. From the perspective of labor laws, the school will be liable under the Work Injury Compensation ACT. The defenses available to the

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