After being fired for becoming pregnant out of wedlock, a former Catholic school English teacher has been denied reinstatement of employment but has been granted permission to proceed with her discrimination lawsuit against the school.
On Tuesday, Northumberland County Judge Hugh A. Jones found that the one-year contract the former teacher, Naiad Reich, signed on June 14, 2018, did not guarantee future employment.
Jones did, however, note that Reich provided sufficient enough evidence suggesting that she was terminated because of her pregnancy to proceed with a discrimination case.
“We are pleased that Judge Jones has ruled that we may proceed on our claims for declaratory judgment and unlawful discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act,” said Reich’s attorney Timothy A. Bowers in a statement. “We look forward to taking those claims to trial.”
Reich’s suit is seeking unspecified damages and is accusing the diocese of “discrimination by firing a female, qualified teacher employed in a non-ministerial capacity,” Penn Live Patriot-News reports.
According to Fox News, Reich – who is not Catholic – was fired from Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School in Coal Township, Pennsylvania in December of 2018 after she informed the diocese that she and her boyfriend were expecting but not planning on getting married in the near future.
The Diocese of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania told Fox 56 in 2018 that all employees are required to “follow the teachings, doctrine, and laws of the Catholic Church as part of the hiring process.”
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Source: Christian Headlines