Catholic Teacher Fired After Getting Pregnant Awarded $171,000


A jury found that an Ohio archdiocese discriminated against a teacher who was fired after becoming pregnant via artificial insemination, leaving legal experts expecting an appeal that they say could have a much wider legal impact.

Christa Dias, who was fired from two schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati in October 2010, was awarded more than $170,000 Monday after winning her federal anti-discrimination lawsuit against the archdiocese.

Dias' attorney, Robert Klingler, argued that she was fired simply because she was pregnant and unmarried, a dismissal that he said violated state and federal law.