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Passing on the Pastor: Sexual Abuse and Public Statements About Ministerial Qualifications

passing the pastorIf a religious organization believes that a minister or other employee has engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior, what responsibility does it have to notify others? How does child sexual abuse change the rules for normal termination procedure? Those who become victims of that person insist it is the organization’s duty to share that information. Employees who have been terminated for such behavior say sharing such information is a breach of confidence amounting to defamation. 

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Employee Discipline and Termination - Part 3: Problem People

Insightful comments, Theresa, however, I am going to push the envelope here a bit. Your approach above would work if there is nothing the person has done which is illegal or unethical, or reputation damaging but what if, as a leader, I come across illegal or unethical behavior, and that person just needs to go? 

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