Cincinnati jury vindicates unmarried (lesbian) mom teacher in Catholic school

by on June 6, 2013  •  In Uncategorized
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A former Catholic school teacher who became pregnant using artificial insemination won a Title VII lawsuit against the local archdocese this week when a federal district court jury found that her firing constituted discrimination based on pregnancy. Her lawyer successfully argued that had she not become pregnant as well as unmarried, she would not have been fired. 

From the Columbus Dispatch:

 A Catholic-school teacher …won her anti-discrimination lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati and was awarded more than $170,000. A federal jury found that the archdiocese discriminated against Christa Dias, who taught computer classes, by firing her in October 2010…

The jury said the archdiocese should pay $51,000 in back pay, $20,000 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages… 

Steven Goodin, attorney for the archdiocese and the schools, had argued that Dias was fired for violating her contract. The church considers artificial insemination immoral and a violation of church doctrine, and the contract required her to comply with the philosophies and teachings of the Catholic Church, Goodin said…

Dias, who is not Catholic, testified she didn’t know artificial insemination violated church doctrine or her employment pact. She said she thought the contract clause about abiding by church teachings meant she should be a Christian and follow the Bible…

Dias [asserted] that the church policies are not enforced equally against men and women…

Neither Dias nor the archdiocese claim she was fired because she is gay, and the judge told jurors that they could not consider sexual orientation in determining motivating factors for the firing…

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