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Archdiocese 0, Civil Rights 1, jury awards teacher $171,000

Not a question, but a followup to one that's already closed.  The verdict came in, resoundingly in favor of the fired teacher who was not a pastor, and therefore, not bound by the clergy exception law the Catholic Church was trying to hide behind when firing a lesbian.

 

Jury rules in favor of teacher fired while pregnant

 

Original closed question is here: http://www.cafemom.com/answers/1338708/Fired_Ohio_teacher_violated_contract?cat_id=&order=oldest

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 9:37 AM on Jun. 5, 2013 in Religious Debate

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  • YAY!
    winterglow

    Answer by winterglow at 9:47 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • I am on the fence with this one. Yes she did sign a contract but when she became pregnant they fired her because she used IVF but when a married man working at the same place and his wife used IVF he wasn't fired. I think they fired her on grounds that it's because she was unmarried or gay or even both. We will never really know. They just blamed it was because of the IVF which apparently didn't hold up since other employee still had his job after using it.
    LostSoul88

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 9:49 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • Lots of pregnant unwed mothers have worked for the church. IVF is a huge no-no in the church.
    snookyfritz

    Answer by snookyfritz at 9:50 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • IVF is a huge no-no in the church.

    How funny, neither my IVF conceived cousin, nor his parents were ever reprimanded or ex-communicated. He was Christened, went through First Communion and Confirmed like everyone else. His parents have been happily welcomed at the church for over 30 years. Catholic hospitals around the world still do IVF. The entire concept of a "Catholic ban" is entirely American and political, born of the neo-con platform. Prior to 1987, Catholicism had no opinion at all on the subject.

    Does that mean all the Catholic IVF kids conceived AFTER 1987 are going straight to hell with their parents, and the ones before 1987 (like my cousin) are good?
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 9:54 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • Neither side says she was fired because she was a lesbian. Her side said it was because she was single and pregnant and the church said because she broke Catholic doctrine regarding AI. Regardless I see a lot of changes coming to the contracts of teachers in catholic schools.
    baconbits

    Answer by baconbits at 9:54 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • Neither side says she was fired because she was a lesbian

    Well of course not, that would be illegal, if they admitted it, they'd be in a lot more hot water than a jury award. It's been the elephant in the room since this whole thing started - same school had no issue with a married, straight man using IVF to father a child.
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 9:56 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • But SHE didn't say she was fired for it which she easily could have done.

    As far as the man HE did not use it. His WIFE did. The church can not control the spouse. Even though it was a joint decission it still came down to her making the final one. If she had went out and robbed a bank/killed someone they would not have had any right to fire him.
    baconbits

    Answer by baconbits at 10:02 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • Your logic is faulty, baconbits. He most certainly had a part in the IVF procedure if he is genetically the father.

    That's like not blaming him if he were the getaway driver for the bank robbery.
    anng.atlanta

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 10:11 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • As far as the man HE did not use it. His WIFE did

    Are you suggesting she snuck into their bedroom and masturbated him while he slept, saved the semen and ran it off to the lab without his knowledge?
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 10:14 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • He was part of the decision process. The church knew HIM and his wife was doing it. It's not like his wife ran off and did the IVF without his knowledge.
    LostSoul88

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 10:17 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

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