Wrongfully Terminated Teacher Awarded $171,000 in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Christa Dias, a teacher at a Roman Catholic high school in Cincinnati, filed a wrongful termination and pregnancy discrimination lawsuit after the school fired her upon becoming pregnant via in vitro fertilization, according to Irish Central. Dias was recently awarded $171,000 from a jury that found she was wrongfully terminated by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Steve Goodin, the attorney representing the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, claimed that Dias violated her employment contract with the district that requires her to comply with the “philosophies and teachings of the Catholic church.”

Dias disclosed during the trial that she is homosexual, but both she and the archdiocese both acknowledge that had nothing to do with her termination. Dias, who is not Catholic, claims she was unaware that artificial insemination was against the teachings of the church. Robert Klinger, Dias’ attorney, claims the archdiocese terminated her because she was unmarried and pregnant—which is illegal everywhere in the United States, even within the confines of a religious institution like a parochial school for not determined to be “ministerial employees.” Much of the trial focused on what exactly constitutes a ministerial employee—Dias was a teacher, not a clergy member.

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