Christa Dias was fired from two Catholic schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, in October 2010 after the school came to know that she was single and pregnant. Christa Dias, a technology coordinator at the Catholic schools, reportedly got pregnant via artificial insemination. Dias, 32, sued the Catholic schools in April 2011 for firing her. She is now a jobless mother of a 10-month-old girl.
Reports suggest that initially when the schools’ authorities became aware that Dias was single and pregnant, they planned to fire her from her job. However, that goes against the laws. Thus, they fired her for getting pregnant with artificial insemination. This, the Catholic schools’ authorities argued, is a seriously unethical practice that goes against Catholic teachings.
"I've always wanted to have a baby," said Dias. "I've always known that. That's why I became a teacher, because I love kids. I didn't think it would be a problem."
Christa Dias has not found employment since being fired from the schools. She said she sued the schools in the Cincinnati-based U.S. District Court. In court papers, she accused the schools of pregnancy discrimination. Reports suggest that her case is pending the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on a similar case.
The Catholic schools, however, have held that they are on the right.
Dan Andriacco, the representative for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, told Cincinnati.com that Dias “has a right to her opinion, but doesn’t have a right to violate her (employment) contract.” It should be noted that the contract stated that she had to obey with Catholic teachings, which take account of not using artificial insemination.
According to CatholicCulture.org, “The Catholic Church teaches that among humans artificial insemination constitutes such a violation of the dignity of the person and the sanctity of marriage as to be contrary to the natural and divine law.”
An important argument in Dias’ sue case is that if a male employee of the Catholic schools take part in artificial insemination, fathering a child irresponsibly, he would escape the job contract provisions about artificial insemination because he would go undetected and can’t be held. Females, who violate Catholic teachings, are unjustly penalized in this regard, since their pregnancy is a noticeable indication.