A controversial Pregnancy Discrimination Act lawsuit involving an unmarried woman who was artificially inseminated and who teaches at a Cincinnati Catholic school will go to trial following a federal court ruling.
Recent case: Christa Dias, who is not Catholic, worked as the technology coordinator for a Catholic school, handling the computer system and helping students use computers. When she announced she was pregnant through artificial insemination, the school fired her.
She sued, alleging discrimination based on pregnancy. The school argued it fired her for violating a morals clause in her contract.
The court said a jury should decide the case, which will likely turn on whether the school treated all male and female employees the same when it comes to artificial insemination. (Dias v. Archdiocese of Cincinnati, No. 1:11-CV-00251, SD OH, 2012)
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