The Supreme Court Is Split Over the Right of Owners of Religious Institutions to Terminate Employees

The Supreme Court. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. The court is split over if owners of religious institutions can terminate employees. (photo credit: Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator's Office)

The Supreme Court seemed ideologically split Monday in a matter brought before them that puts the independence of owners of religious institutions opposite the job safeguards their employees are owed, according to USA TODAY.

The argument between a pair of California religious schools and the teachers they terminated is the third significant matter brought before the court that it is weighing this year regarding religious freedom. The judges already are considering if they will permit state cash reserves to be utilized to assist in covering the cost of religious schools and if owners of religious institutions with ethical or religious disagreements should be freed from the responsibility of giving insurance for birth control methods.

In the third matter before the court, a pair of instructors at religious schools were terminated by them, which are Catholic-owned. Kristen Biel, who teaches 5th grade, was fired from St. James Catholic School after wanting medical leave to get chemotherapy for breast cancer.