Jonathon Cherne (JD '11) Serves as Counsel to Church State Council in Supreme Court Case Groff v. DeJoy
Pepperdine Caruso Law alumnus Jonathon Cherne (JD '11) served as "Of Counsel" to the Church State Council in the Supreme Court case Groff v. DeJoy. Cherne is the founder of Cherne Law P.C. , where he represents employees of all faiths who experience religious discrimination in the workplace.
The Church State Council is a religious liberty organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In Groff v. DeJoy, regarding a route carrier who refused to deliver Amazon packages on Sundays because of his religious observance, Cherne handled the case at the trial level and reviewed the briefings on appeal to the 3rd Circuit and the Supreme Court on behalf of the Church State Council.
Cherne comments, "Since I started working on religious liberty cases 11 years ago, I dreamed about reversing TWA v. Hardison, the 1977 Supreme Court case that severely gutted employees rights to religious accommodation in the workplace. The Groff case will hopefully change all that, and restore the protections Congress intended in the Civil Rights Act. Employees shouldn't have to choose between their job and their faith. I'm hopeful that the decision will help people of all religions be able to honor their convictions without sacrificing their jobs."