US: 7th Circuit judges seek mid-ground on gay bias claims

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Some of the US Circuit Court of Appeals judges said they were leery of ‘extreme’ arguments in a case brought by a gay former church music director

(Reuters) The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday appeared split, over whether an exemption from an anti-bias law for religious organisations applies to hostile work environment claims, in a case brought by the gay former music director of a Chicago church.

During an hour-long oral argument, streamed on YouTube, some of the 7th Circuit judges said they were leery of the “extreme” arguments pushed by both sides, and grappled with whether employees with religious roles should be able to pursue hostile work environment claims, even if only in limited circumstances.

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