Associated Press Release
By: LISA CORNWELL
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A teacher fired after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination is set to testify on the second day of trial in her lawsuit against a Roman Catholic archdiocese and two of its schools.
Christa Dias (DEYE'-us) sued the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the schools over her 2010 dismissal, contending they fired her simply because she was pregnant and unmarried. Her attorney told a federal jury in opening statements Tuesday that the firing violated the law prohibiting pregnancy discrimination.
The archdiocese's attorney told jurors there was no discrimination. He says Dias was fired for violating her contract that he says required her to abide by Catholic doctrine.
Dias, who isn't Catholic, also alleges that church policy is not enforced equally against men and women.