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Unmarried Catholic school teacher, fired after pregnancy, will pursue legal action

February 05, 2014

An unmarried Catholic middle school teacher in Butte, Montana, was fired after becoming pregnant, the Associated Press reported.

“A Catholic school teacher enters into an agreement not only with the district but with parents and teachers ... to follow a lifestyle in line with Catholic teachings,” said Dan Bartleson, spokesman for the Diocese of Helena.

The teacher has vowed to pursue legal action, according to the Montana Standard, and has retained an Ohio attorney who was victorious in a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in a similar case.


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  • Posted by: garedawg - Feb. 07, 2014 11:17 AM ET USA

    I suppose she could have quietly terminated the pregnancy and kept her job.

  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Feb. 06, 2014 12:50 PM ET USA

    When you break the terms of a contract of employment, you must expect to get fired.

  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 05, 2014 1:47 PM ET USA

    This is morally challenging situation for a Catholic school. The charitable thing to do would be to offer the expectant single mother employment in the diocese in some other than teaching position.