Catholic Teacher Fired
December 29, 2011 by staff
Catholic Teacher Fired, There was nothing immaculate about a Catholic school teacher’s conception. Christa Dias, a former teacher at Holy Family and St. Lawrence Catholic schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, claims she was fired for becoming pregnant using artificial insemination. Ms Dias was fired in October 2010 when, at five and a half months pregnant, she approached her employer about maternity leave options.
The schools initially fired Ms Dias, 32, for being single and pregnant, Cincinnati.com reports. When the schools discovered that violated several federal and state anti-discrimination laws, they said she was fired because she became pregnant using artificial insemination.
That, the school said, was in direct violation of her contract.
‘She has a right to her opinion, but she doesn’t have a right to violate her (employment) contract,’ Archdiocese of Cincinnati spokesman Dan Andriacco told the website.
The contract Ms Dias signed called for employees to adhere to Catholic social teachings, including the avowal that having a child without a husband and out of wedlock is a ‘grave immoral’ act.
Ms Dias is still unemployed and now has a ten-month-old daughter for which to care.
Her case against the schools is on hold in the U.S. District Course in Cincinnati as the Supreme Court rules on a similar case.
Ms Dias, formerly of Michigan, began teaching in the Cincinnati schools in 2007 after graduating from Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, on a volleyball scholarship.
She began teaching at Holy Family in 2008 and at St Lawrence a year later. She served as the technology coordinator at each school and earned a collective salary of around $36,000.
The Enquirer says that while she is not Catholic, she is a practising Christian.
‘I’m disappointed more than anything that I couldn’t continue my career because I wanted a child,’ the former teacher told Cincinnati.com.
According to her attorney, both schools have admitted ‘they had no other reason to terminate Ms Dias’ employment’ aside from her controversial pregnancy.
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