Can a religious org (in Phila.) discriminate against me in hiring for my sexual orientation, or, if hired, fire me for it?
1 attorney answer
Title VII, when a religious organization is involved, is subject to something called the "ministerial exception," meaning that is the organizations decision not to hire you is based on the organization's interpretation of its religious doctrine, the courts will not interfere with the decision.
In your case, since homosexuality is a violation of Orthodox religious tenants, a refusal to hire you would not be subject to a legal challenge.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, so if you're in another state, I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.