Jury finds for Ohio teacher fired while pregnant

FILE - This is a Dec. 2011 file photo, Christa Dias holds her 11-month-old daughter in her Withamsville, Ohio home.  (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gary Landers, File)
FILE - This is a Dec. 2011 file photo, Christa Dias holds her 11-month-old daughter in her Withamsville, Ohio home. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gary Landers, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A jury has sided with a teacher who sued a Catholic archdiocese in Ohio, saying it violated anti-discrimination laws by firing her after she became pregnant via artificial insemination.

The federal jury found the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati discriminated against Christa Dias by firing her in 2010. The panel awarded her more than $170,000.

Dias declined to comment afterward.

Her attorney had argued she was fired simply because she was pregnant and unmarried.

The archdiocese’s attorney said Dias was fired because artificial insemination violated church doctrine and a contract requiring her to follow Catholic teachings.

The jury said the archdiocese should pay $51,000 in back-pay, $20,000 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages.

Dias had sued the archdiocese and two of its schools. The jury didn’t find the schools liable for damages.

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