Trial opens over firing of pregnant Ohio teacher

A trial is getting underway in a Catholic school teacher’s lawsuit alleging the Archdiocese of Cincinnati violated anti-discrimination laws by firing her after she became pregnant through artificial insemination.

Opening statements are expected Tuesday in Christa Dias’ (DEYE’-us) federal lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati and two schools. The lawsuit says her 2010 firing violated federal and state laws. Dias says she was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried and that church policies aren’t enforced equally against men and women.

The archdiocese says Dias was fired because artificial insemination is immoral and violated church doctrine and her contract. The archdiocese also says Dias was a ministerial employee and the Supreme Court has said religious groups can dismiss those employees without government interference.

Dias says she taught computer technology and had no ministerial duties.

Via: Fox News