Monday, October 09, 2006
Hello Faith, Goodbye Rights
Addiction professionals concerned to upgrade their salaries, benefits, and professional standing need to read "Where Faith Abides, Employees Have Few Rights" in today's New York Times. Source. Correspondent Diana Henriques details a string of court cases in which employees of faith-based institutions have been denied elementary protections that employees of secular companies take for granted: disability rights, the right to pensions and healthcare, protection against sexual or other discrimination and harassment, against arbitrary firing, and for the right to organize, and others. Typical is the case of Sister Mary Rosati (right), dismissed from her order after she was found to have cancer. Faith-based employers run roughshod over employee rights under the doctrine of "church autonomy" or "ministerial exception." The spectre of the Bush administration's heavily subsidized "faith-based treatment" spells relapse for the few protections and benefits that addiction professionals have been able to win in recent years. See also Bush Spends 2.2 Billion (September) and Bush Taking the Axe to Recovery (2004).