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Acosta v. Cathedral Buffet, Inc.

Were volunteers at a church-owned Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio restaurant “coerced” into working (and therefore entitled to minimum wage) because the church’s pastor ominously warned them that failing to do so might be a mortal sin? Sixth Circuit: No! Judge Kethledge, concurring: The gov’t’s position, that it is entitled to regulate the spiritual dialogue between pastor and congregation, “assumes a power whose use would violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.”


Tags: 2018, First Amendment, Free Exercise Clause, Judge Kethledge, Labor Law, Sixth Circuit

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