LAG Düsseldorf: Kirchenmusiker – Gericht holt Auskunft des Kommissariats der deutschen Bischöfe ein.

Der Kläger war seit 1983 bei einer katholischen Kirchengemeinde als Chorleiter und Organist in Vollzeit beschäftigt. Die Gemeinde kündigte das Arbeitsverhältnis am 15.07.1997 zum 31.03.1998. Hintergrund war die Trennung des Klägers von seiner Ehefrau im Jahr 1995 und die Eingehung einer neuen Partnerschaft, aus der ein Kind hervorging. Nachdem das ArbG Essen und das LAG Düsseldorf der hiergegen vom Kläger erhobenen Kündigungsschutzklage stattgegeben hatten, hob das BAG das Urteil des LAG Düsseldorf auf. Nach erneuter Verhandlung und durchgeführter Beweisaufnahme wies das LAG die Klage ab. Die Aufnahme einer neuen Beziehung sei eine persönliche sittliche Verfehlung i.S.d. Grundordnung des kirchlichen Dienstes im Rahmen kirchlicher Arbeitsverhältnisse vom 22.09.1993 (GrO). Als Organist und Chorleiter habe er eine große Nähe zum Verkündungsauftrag der katholischen Kirche gehabt. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Dismissed pastor of Hungarian Reformed Church had no arguable compensation claim under domestic law as he was employed under ecclesiastical law not civil law

In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Károly Nagy v. Hungary (application no. 56665/09) the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority of ten votes to seven, that the application was inadmissible. The case concerned the compensation claim brought by Mr Károly Nagy, a pastor, following his dismissal by the Hungarian Reformed Church. The courts rejected his claim as unenforceable. Mr Nagy’s claim was first dismissed by the labour courts on the basis of labour law. He then brought a civil action arguing that he had an agency contract with the Church. The domestic courts discontinued the proceedings, finding that the courts could not enforce any such claims as he was employed under ecclesiastical law not civil law. In view of the overall legal framework in Hungary, the Court found that Mr Nagy thus had no “right” which could be said, at least on arguable grounds, to be recognised under domestic law. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming Grand Chamber judgment on the right of access to court of a pastor concerning his claim for compensation against the Hungarian Calvinist Church

The European Court of Human Rights will be delivering a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Károly Nagy v. Hungary (application no. 56665/09) at a public hearing on 14 September 2017 at 10.00 a.m. in the Human Rights Building, Strasbourg. The case concerned a pastor’s pecuniary claim against the Reformed Church of Hungary following his removal from service. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

Forschungsstelle kirchliches Arbeitsrecht: Symposion „Welche Loyalität dürfen kirchliche Einrichtungen fordern?“

Beim 6. Symposion am Freitag, dem 06.10.2017, wird sich von 10.00 bis 16.00 Uhr im Evangelischen Bildungszentrum Hospitalhof in Stuttgart alles um die Frage drehen, welche Art von Loyalität die kirchlichen Einrichtungen der Caritas und Diakonie von ihren Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern eigentlich fordern dürfen. Die besonders „konfessionell“ definierten Loyalitätsanforderungen in kirchlichen Arbeitsverhältnissen sind in den letzten Jahren schrittweise entschärft worden, werden aber gerade deshalb weiter intensiv diskutiert. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Grand Chamber hearing on the right of access to court of a pastor concerning his claim for compensation against the Hungarian Calvinist Church

The European Court of Human Rights is holding a Grand Chamber hearing today Wednesday 12 October 2016 at 9.15 a.m. in the case of Károly Nagy v. Hungary (application no. 56665/09). The case concerns a pastor’s compensation claim against the Hungarian Calvinist Church following his dismissal. The hearing will be broadcast from 2.30 p.m. on the Court’s Internet site (www.echr.coe.int). After the hearing the Court will begin its deliberations, which will be held in private. Its ruling in the case will, however, be made at a later stage. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Travaš v. Croatia (no. 75581/13)

The applicant, Petar Travaš, is a Croatian national who was born in 1975 and lives in Rijeka (Croatia). The case concerned his dismissal from two teaching posts, on the grounds that he had entered into a second marriage. Mr Travaš is a professor of theology. He was issued with a canonical mandate to teach Catholic religious education by the Rijeka Archdiocese, and in September 2003 he was offered an indefinite contract to teach the subject in two State high schools – where his salary was paid by the State. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming Hearing on 12 October 2016 – Grand Chamber hearing in the case Károly Nagy v. Hungary (application no. 56665/09)

The applicant, Károly Nagy, is a Hungarian national who was born in 1951 and lives in Gödöllő (Hungary). Mr Nagy was pastor of the Hungarian Calvinist Church. In June 2005, disciplinary proceedings were brought against him for being reported in a local newspaper as saying that State subsidies had been paid unlawfully to a Calvinist boarding school, and his service was immediately suspended and eventually terminated with effect from 1 May 2006 following a decision by the ecclesiastical courts. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen