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Jury will decide artificially inseminated teacher’s lawsuit

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

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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Gail Finke July 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

That doesn’t even make sense. Men can’t be artificially inseminated. How could an employer “treat all male and female employees the same when it comes to artificial insemination” when only female employees can be artificially inseminated?

The Catholic Church teaches that artificial insemination is immoral. Therefore, it would automatically violate a Catholic institution’s morals clause. I don’t see why this would go to trial at all.


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