Single Teacher Fired
January 3, 2012 by staff
Single Teacher Fired, Christa Dias was fired for getting pregnant. The 31-year-old teacher at a Catholic school was fired after she became pregnant via artificial insemination. Still, Dias is planning on suing them.
Dias was fired after asking her employer for maternity leave from the $36,000-per-year teaching job she had. According to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, though, she broke the rules set down in her contract whereby she agreed to adhere to Catholic social teachings, and that includes getting pregnant without a husband.
Originally, she was fired because she got pregnant while single, but that was illegal. They then changed it to her being fired for becoming pregnant via artificial insemination. So…getting pregnant without some male intervention is wrong, huh?
As Jezebel notes:
After her firing, she sued her employer for pregnancy discrimination and breach of contract, and insists that her pregnancy and the subsequent birth of her daughter was her choosing to celebrate life, not thumb her nose in the face of Catholic teaching. A spokesperson for the archdiocese says that she has a right to her opinion, but she doesn’t have a right to be employed by a Catholic institution that requires her to adhere to a moral code that differs from how she’s chosen to live.
Dias notes that the rule about artificial insemination is not enforced equally with men, but the Church has said that her lawsuit is “akin to the very institution of religion going on trial.” Of course, it comes down to that. It doesn’t matter if it is a case of child molestation or overturning anti-LGBT issues…it always comes down to religion being on trial for the Catholic Church.
Jezebel also notes that:
Perhaps appropriately, the man who fired Dias, Rev. James Kiffermeyer, was himself suspended in 2002 after allegations arose that he engaged in sexual misconduct with two male high school students. He was reinstated in 2006. The archdiocese of Cincinnati hasn’t escaped the sex scandal that’s engulfed the Catholic Church over the last decade or so, either; in 2003, the archdiocese pled no contest to charges they ignored sexual abuse of boys by clergy in the 1980?s and 90?s. And the two priests alleged to have engaged in the abuse were suspended like Kiffermeyer, not fired as Dias was fired.
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