Bruce Elder, Kay A. Hodge
May 1, 2015
Strategy & General Management
Termination; religious freedom; religious discrimination;
Journal of Case Studies
Kathy Johnston had worked for the school district as a teacher for English language learners for over 12 years and in each of those years she had been granted leave from her job to attend several religious functions that were important to her and her religious convictions. However, in the most current year, Kathy had requested leave for these religious functions and her request had been denied. She left anyway and attended the functions. When she returned to work, she was put on administrative leave. Kathy requested and was granted a special hearing before the Board of Education. After much testimony, the Board’s decision was to cancel her contract. Besides being unemployed, this move had additional consequences for Kathy.