Catholic School Teacher Awarded $171,000 for Pregnancy Discrimination Due to Church Doctrine

A federal jury in Ohio ruled in favor of a teacher who said that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati discriminated against her after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination.  The jury awarded her $171,000.  The Archdiocese argued that it was legally allowed to fire her for violating church doctrine against artificial insemination.  The teacher taught computers for the school; she did not teach religion or Catholicism.  The teacher contended that she was fired for being pregnant and unmarried, violating pregnancy discrimination law.  This case shows that church doctrine does not trump federal antidiscrimination laws.