Church Law and Employment

Churches, synagogues and other religious organizations have unique relationships with their employees, members, and volunteers that make them different from businesses or other non-profit organizations.

Our employment lawyers provide religious organizations timely and accurate advice and guidance on church employment issues, so your congregation can focus on advancing its mission and serving the religious community.

We help your organization build productive and positive relationships with employees, volunteers and clergy. Our lawyers can advise you on the full range of employment laws, including development, preparation, and implementation of employment agreements and church policies and procedures.

We provide sound advice on:

  • Church hiring issues
  • Development of a church employee handbook
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Employment litigation and advocacy
  • Mediation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Record-keeping policies and procedures
  • Employee reviews and disciplinary procedures
  • Termination and disciplinary actions
  • Wrongful termination lawsuits
  • Church tax law
  • Internal investigation of claims concerning employees
  • Discrimination based on religion

If a dispute cannot be resolved through negotiation or mediation, our experienced attorneys will represent your organization in wrongful discharge claims, wage and hour claims, discrimination claims, or other matters facing your church or congregation.

You take care of your congregation. We will take care of your organization's legal interests.

We know that you need a responsive, caring legal partner that you can rely on. With our law firm in your corner, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that you have a supportive team that understands the challenges religious organizations face, and is mindful of your church’s resources. We are focused on finding the best solutions, so you can continue to further your mission and serve your religious community.

Talk to Us.

To find out how the attorneys of Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC can help you handle the legal issues your organization faces, call us at 410.995.5800 or email an attorney from our Church Law and Religious Organization Practice Group.  We are licensed to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and represent churches and religious organizations in matters before the state and federal courts located in those jurisdictions.

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