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is it legal to exclude associate pastor on new senior pastoral search – church based on SBC (southern baptist)?

Question by B l: is it legal to exclude associate pastor on new senior pastoral search – church based on SBC (southern baptist)?
church based on SBC (southern baptist) is looking for new senior pastor but on the ad they wanted somebody who has previous senior pastor experience only. This makes current associate pastor to be excluded for senior pastor nominee. Is my church – based on SBC rule or etc – wrongly by doing this? Shouldn’t everyone including associate pastor be able to apply?

Best answer:

Answer by Justin H
From a legal standpoint, an employer is allowed to specify what qualifications a candidate must have for a job – including education, experience, and specific skills. Unless they are excluding a protected class (age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc), there are no laws dictating what qualifications must be considered for a position.

The only time a protected class can be disqualified is if there is a bona fide reason for the disqualification. For example, excluding men from a position that would include strip searches on female prisoners. Even then, the employer would have to demonstrate that including the protected class would result in an undue hardship for the employer.

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