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Coverage for a temple or house of worship organization can include:
Directors and Officers Liability
Employment Practices Liability
Abuse and Molestation
Employee Benefits Liability
Blanket Additional Insureds
Temple insurance claim examples
Directors and Officers Claim:
A temple elder breached his duty of loyalty by organizing a majority of the congregation into a separate temple that ousted the remaining congregation from temple property. The elder held secret meetings among his supporting faction and prepared legal documents to transfer the property, all without informing the temple’s pastor of his plans. The court ruled that the elder owed a duty to the whole congregation, and could not favor the interests of the majority over the minority. As a result, the property was returned to the original congregation and money damages were assessed personally against the elder.
With its membership growing rapidly, a temple’s board of directors appointed a new building committee to find land for a larger temple. The board selected one of its members to head the committee. That director steadily pressed the committee to approve purchase of a land parcel viewed by the other committee members as pricey, but otherwise perfect. After much discussion, the committee approved the purchase, and the transaction was completed. It was then discovered that the committee head had a financial interest in the property. Several congregants took action and named the committee head and the overall board in a lawsuit alleging improper self-dealing, negligence and fraudulent conduct.
Employment Practices Liability Claim:
The director of children’s ministries was terminated and replaced by a younger caucasian male, whom she believed was being paid more than she was. She filed suit with the EEOC against the ministries, alleging racial discrimination, age discrimination, sex discrimination, and pay discrimination.
General Liability Claim:
After the religious service, a congregant tripped on a crack in the concrete and tumbled down an outdoor flight of stairs, resulting in a concussion.
A volunteer was decorating the temple for a social gathering. She then lost her balanace while standing on a chair to arrange decorations and fell, resulting in severe arm injuries.
A fire destroyed a temple sanctuary, and resulted in smoke and water damage to the structure and contents of the administrative office. In addition to replacing fixtures, furnishings, equipment and inventory, the temple needed to rent space for worship services until the sanctuary was rebuilt.
Pastoral Professional Claim:
The wife of a married couple sought counseling services from their pastor due to being physically abused in the household. The victim was contemplating divorce and sought advice but the pastor encouraged the wife to stay with her husband due to the sanctity of marriage and to seek couples counseling. As a result, the wife returned to the abusive relationship and was later hospitalized with severe injuries from her husband. She then sued the temple and pastor stating that as a result of the counseling advice, she stayed in the unhealthy marriage that led to her injuries.
Abuse and Molestation Claim:
A sunday school teacher was accused of sexually molesting a teenager after a study session. The teacher quickly denied the charges but was forced to step aside pending a temple investigation. After a thorough inquiry, the alleged victim’s credibility crumbled when it was reported that she had a long history of inventing stories about herself and others. Moreover, parents and students who knew the teacher offered evidence that raised serious doubts that the molestations could have occurred. After an exhausting investigation, the teacher was eventually reinstated to his duties. The cost alone of defending allegation with no merit was costly.
Equipment Breakdown Claim:
A cracked section of a cast-iron boiler resulted in replacement of the boiler resulting in $9,000 of property damage and worship services had to be relocated to an available facility nearby for an extra expense of $1,500.