Indiana High Court Says State Panel Overstepped Authority

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indiana Supreme Court says the Indiana Civil Rights Commission overstepped its authority when it determined a home schooling group discriminated against a girl when she asked for a substitute meal because of a food allergy.
 
The court ruled Tuesday that the commission can intervene only in complaints pertaining to education, and neither the discrimination claim and one claiming retaliation against the girl's family met that standard.
 
The family claimed the now-defunct, 11-family Fishers Adolescent Catholic Enrichment Society discriminated because it didn't provide an alternative to a chicken dinner served at a dinner-dance in 2008.
 
The commission ruled the society discriminated and ordered the society to pay $2,500 in damages. The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the commission's ruling last year.
 
A message seeking comment was left with the commission.