Baker v. Diocese of Worcester et al.
GLAD and the ACLU of Massachusetts have submitted an amicus memorandum of law to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in the case of Colby A. Baker v. Diocese of Worcester et al.
The case involves the alleged sexual harassment of a college summer intern by a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester (MA) and includes a claim of retaliation in the investigation process by another priest of the Diocese. The Diocese and its priests claim they are exempt from certain types of damages on the basis of the “ministerial exception” in the law, and the MCAD agreed and went further and dismissed the claims in their entirety based on the exception.
GLAD and the ACLU argue that the MCAD has both misconceived the nature of the claims asserted, and gone too far in applying the ministerial exception.