Jury awards Christa Dias $171K in suit against Archdiocese of Cincinnati

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A Catholic school teacher who was fired after she became pregnant through artificial insemination was awarded more than $170,000 Monday after winning her anti-discrimination lawsuit against an Ohio archdiocese.


A federal jury found that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati discriminated against Christa Dias by firing her in October 2010.

Dias, who taught computer classes, declined to comment immediately after the verdict but said later in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that she was "very happy and relieved."

The jury said the archdiocese should pay a total of $71,000 for back pay and 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.

Dias' attorney, Robert Klingler, had argued she was fired simply because she was pregnant and unmarried, a dismissal he said violated state and federal law. He had suggested damages as high as $637,000, but Dias said she was satisfied with the jury's award.

"It was never about the money," she said. "They should have followed the law and they didn't."

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    • In reply to #3 by Graham1:

      What is it with these Catholics and eggs and sperm and fertilisation and vaginas and wombs and shagging?

      A rhetorical question I know but, I can’t resist; they’re all against their particular god’s will.

      Quite how they know as much is far beyond me; but those of blind faith do seem to have the unerring ability to transcend the limits of the indicitive and the subjunctive.

  1. Great to see Religion forced by Secular Law to pay compensation to another innocent victim – especially a woman and even better that she was secretly gay… You can’t work for “them” unless you uphold their prejudiced beliefs, but them presuming a right to control their employees reproductive cycle now thats completely invasive and insulting to Women everywhere…How come they dont sack peodophile priests – they hide them in comfortable retirement.

  2. Dias’ attorney, Robert Klingler, had argued she was fired simply because she was pregnant and unmarried, a dismissal he said violated state and federal law.

    Ah! But according to the barrack-room lawyers over on the link, Catholic contracts take precedence over state and federal laws.! Those cognitive-bias blinker-specs really work well on the sheeple brains!

    • In reply to #6 by karen.sieradski:

      Wait, wasn’t Mary Mother of Jesus pregnant and unwed?

      Well, she wasn’t married to the vision that knocked her up but, she was married to Joseph or, so the fairytale goes!

  3. A Catholic school teacher who was fired after she became pregnant through artificial insemination…

    Makes you wonder what the Archdiocese would have done to Mary with her turkey baster, huh?

  4. In reply to #1 by Prime8:

    So the real question here is will she raise the kid Catholic or wise up?

    Given the situation she is clearly not a strict Catholic, and growing up with the knowledge of this case and how they were conceived, I’m sure the kid will have a fairly well rounded and critical view of the Catholic church.
    She might still identify as Catholic but I doubt her kid will.

  5. Goodin argued that Dias, who is gay, never intended to abide by her contract. She kept her sexual orientation a secret because she knew that homosexual acts also would violate that contract, he said.

    This comment was from the Church’s attorney. Notice how they can be so blatantly discriminatory and not think twice about it! The RCC wears their ignorance for all to see. Why cannot people wake up and leave this place for once and all. Diaz stepped into a fire and got burned. Surprise, surprise.

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