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Pregnant Teacher Fired, Wins Trial

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After becoming pregnant via artificial insemination, Christa Dias was informed by her employers that she was fired for violating the terms of her contract. According to the employer—in this case, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati—having children out of wedlock is grounds for termination. She sued the Archdiocese for over $170,000 in damages for violating U.S. anti-discrimination laws, part of which clearly states that a company or employer cannot fire an employee for getting pregnant or being pregnant, according to CBC News.

Well, the court found Dias in the right, showing that the religious beliefs of an employer do not preclude it from U.S. discrimination laws, which can be a tricky subject when it comes to employment in the Catholic Church, as it does not currently allow female priests.

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