New York • The Salvation Army agreed Tuesday to settle a decade-old lawsuit accusing it of religious discrimination in its employment practices in New York.
The settlement announced by the New York Civil Liberties Union calls for the Salvation Army to notify all current and future employees of its government-funded social service programs that it doesn't discriminate based on religious belief. The requirement applies only to workers in New York.
The notification would also tell employees they are expected to follow professional practices in their work without regard to the organization's religious practices.
"This settlement reflects the principal that when a religious institution accepts government funding to provide services on behalf of the government, they cannot use those funds to encourage religious proselytizing," said NYCLU executive director Donna Leiberman.