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Teacher sues over insemination firing

Jan. 3, 2012 at 4:37 PM   |   Comments

CINCINNATI, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- An unmarried teacher who was dismissed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati when she was pregnant by artificial insemination has filed a lawsuit.

Church officials say Christa Dias violated the contract she signed when she became a teacher at Holy Family and St. Lawrence schools in East Price Hill, Ohio, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Dias, now the single mother of a 10-month-old girl, is still unemployed.

"I've always wanted to have a baby," Dias said. "That's why I became a teacher, because I love kids. I didn't think it would be a problem."

Dias filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in April. It will not be heard until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a similar case.

The archdiocese initially said it was firing Dias because she was pregnant and unmarried. The grounds were later changed to the "grave immoral" act of using artificial insemination to become pregnant, a change apparently made because officials feared a discrimination lawsuit if her marital status was an issue.

Dias is not a Catholic, although she graduated from a Catholic college in Ohio. She was technology coordinator at the two schools.

She argues she was a victim of gender discrimination because men who donate sperm are unlikely to be fired while a pregnancy and baby are difficult to hide.

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