Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fired Pregnant Lesbian Sues Mont. Catholic School

Shaela Evenson was artificially impregnated so that she and her lesbian partner, Marilyn Tobin, could birth their first child (which they did on March 7th), but once the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Montana became aware of the pregnancy, Evenson was fired from her teaching position at Butte Central Catholic Schools for breach of contract: not practicing the tenets of the Catholic Church — both at school and in her private life.

For background, read Pennsylvania Catholic School Fires Homosexual Teacher and also read of myriad Christian school firings over immorality issues.

In addition, read California Parents Say: Drop Morals for Catholic School Teachers as well as Gays, Teachers Unions March Against Catholic School Morals

-- From "Teacher Fired for Pregnancy Sues Catholic School" by The Associated Press 8/22/14

Shaela Evenson filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Butte on Thursday, alleging her firing violated federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on pregnancy . . .

The lawsuit argues that the school district does not investigate male employees and nonpregnant female employees for compliance with Catholic Church teachings.

Evenson's lawyer, Brian Butler, of Cincinnati, won a $170,000 jury award in a similar case in Ohio (Christa Dias). He said the case made it clear that an employer, even a religious institution, cannot require an employee to give up certain civil rights as a condition of employment.

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From "Teacher fired for pregnancy sues Butte Catholic schools" by Montana Standard staff 8/21/14

As a result of the firing [the lawsuit claims], she has incurred damages including lost wages, benefits and emotional distress. She is asking for back pay, compensatory and punitive damages — and a jury trial.

In the summer of 2013, Evenson, who is not married, became pregnant through artificial insemination, court documents show. The lawsuit says the then superintendent of schools for the diocese, Patrick Haggarty, called Evenson into a meeting on Jan. 9. He told her that he and the bishop of Helena had received an anonymous letter stating she was pregnant and not married — a violation of her contract. He suggested she resign; Evenson refused.

On Sunday, Jan. 12, Haggarty sent a letter to Evenson, by email, saying she was immediately terminated for having a child out of wedlock. The letter, in part, said that she violated school and diocese policies, and moral and religious teachings of the Catholic Church.

Evenson contends she was fired because of her sex and pregnancy.

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Also read Pope Francis opposes same-sex marriage and warns of Satanic homosexual behavior