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Friday, May 31, 2013

Ind. Decisions - "Appeals court rules against Fishers home-school group in discrimination complaint"

Yesterday's 44-page COA opinion in Fishers Adolescent Catholic Enrichment Society, Inc. v. Elizabeth Bridgewater o/b/o Alyssa Bridgewater is the subject of a story today in the Indianapolis Star, reported by Eric Weddle, that begins:

The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that a now-defunct Roman Catholic home-schooling group in Fishers did discriminate against a family who was dismissed after filing a complaint with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

The ruling upheld most of the commission’s 2012 decision that had ordered the group, known as Fishers Adolescent Catholic Enrichment Society Inc., to pay $2,500 in damages to the family and to not retaliate against members who file complaints.

The group, known by its acronym FACES, had hoped the appeals court would find the Indiana Civil Rights Commission had no jurisdiction over it because of its religious nature. Instead, the court ruled the group “relates to” education as it was a group of 11 home-schooling families that held courses on topics such as computer programming and speech. Group members educated their children separately but gathered for regular activities.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 31, 2013 09:22 AM
Posted to Ind. App.Ct. Decisions