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Ruling Backs Church Workers

April 23, 1985|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court today ruled that religiously affiliated businesses and the people who work for them are covered by federal labor law.

In a case involving a controversial religious group, the Arkansas-based Alamo Foundation, the court said federal labor law requires that such volunteers receive the minimum wage and overtime pay--or the equivalent in free lodging, meals, health care and other benefits--whether they request it or not.

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