Unfortunately, Christian schools are not exempt from this reality!
There are ministries and Christian schools across the United States that pay disparate wages(and benefits) depending on whether one is . . . .
- single or married,
- a first or second income provider,
- male or female,
- “connected” or unknown,
- a relative or commoners, and/or
- deemed important or unimportant.
While some ministries and Christian schools do not violate the law, they may still be unethical or immoral. Merely because laws contain loopholes and/or plausible “disparity justifications” that are tolerated,  such does not exempt ministries and Christian schools from legitimate and harsh criticism regarding their financial dealings with their employees!
- A fair day’s work for a fair day’s wages
- Equal pay for equal work
- “Whatsoever things are honest”
- Without partiality
. . . . are the standards of what is just and right, in the sight of God and in the sight of men!
Some ministries and Christian schools do violate the law — knowingly and unknowingly. They ought to be brought to the attention of the local “Hour & Wage” department.
Some ought to be brought to mediation or court to repay those lost back wages . . .
BECAUSE it’s “wage theft!”
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“Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields,
which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth:
and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.”
— James 5:4 —
1. Some ministries purposefully avoid delineating, providing, or publishing salary scales based on experience and degrees. Others provide no payroll slips, which would clarify what is actually being deducted. Some salaries are virtually negotiated at hiring and depend on what is accepted by this-or-that employee — “What can we get away with.” Yet, others withhold employment contracts to make it easy to dismiss and/or replace (but for other sinister reasons). Some ministries purposefully fire or do not rehire employees if a “cheaper one” can be found.
All too often, if you want to understand how corrupt the decisions and actions can be, FOLLOW the money trail in the world and in ministry!
2. “We pay more to this teacher because of the importance we place on having male teachers in this position.” It’s called “Plausible-Deniability.”