How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Debra Your Own Question
Debra
Debra, Lawyer
Category: Canada Law
Satisfied Customers: 100416
Experience:  Lawyer
10263656
Type Your Canada Law Question Here...
Debra is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Employment law ***** *****
, does a church have just

Customer Question

Customer: employment law ***** *****
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: does a church have just cause to fire a pastor for an affair?
JA: OK got it. Last thing — JustAnswer charges a fee (generally around $39) to post your type of question to Canada Law Experts (you only pay if satisfied). There are a couple customers ahead of you. Are you willing to wait a bit?
Customer: that would be fine
JA: OK. Now I'm going to take you to a page to place a secure deposit with JustAnswer. Don't worry, this chat is saved. After that, we will finish helping you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Canada Law
Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

Was the Pastor an employee of the church?

Are you saying that pastor was dismissed, immediately and without any notice or pay in lieu of notice?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
they had him resign at threat of firing with cause and offered to pay half salary for two months(so basically full salary for a month)
Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

How long did he work there for? Was it publicly known?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
41/2 years...
yes
Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

Was the affair with someone in the congregation?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Debra replied 1 year ago.

It is likely that the court would find that this is a just cause dismissal. For a pastor to have an affair with a member of the congregation could even be considered to be sexual harassment and the church could end up facing a lawsuit. As well, it would could be said that the pastor brings his profession into disrepute by having an affair with a member of the congregation. It is not likely that the pastor would be able to succeed if you sued for wrongful dismissal.

Related Canada Law Questions