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The Church State Council provides legal services to employees suffering religious discrimination at work. Adventist Church members may require religious accommodation not to work on Sabbath, or to refrain from joining a labor union. Consistent with the golden rule, the Council represents persons of any and all faiths.

The Council is committed to advancing the law to better protect persons of faith in the workplace. While we have successfully achieved enactment of new laws, we are also engaged in what is called “impact litigation,” cases that have potential to change the law in the courts.

Because of our broad expertise in all things religious, attorneys frequently consult with the Council on religious claims. Religious issues may involve: employment, education, land use, immigration, free exercise of religion, separation of church and state, autonomy of religious institutions, and or the ministerial exception.