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Federal appeals court upholds dismissal in GM religious discrimination suit

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld the dismissal [ruling text, PDF] of a suit alleging religious discrimination against General Motors (GM) [corporate website]. Writing for the court, Judge Ann Claire Williams supported the decision to dismiss the lawsuit because the corporation's Affinity Group [group website] diversity program treated all religions equally by prohibiting the promotion of any religion. The suit, brought by Indianapolis GM plant worker John Moranski, alleged that the program discriminated against religion since it did not permit the formation of an interdenominational Christian group. Although the program allows groups of people with disabilities, gays and lesbians, women and veterans, and people of Hispanic, African or Asian ancestry, it prohibits groups with any religious affiliation. AP has more.

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