Teacher In Ohio Says She Was Fired Over Pregnancy

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- An unmarried Catholic school teacher who said she was fired after telling her principal that she was pregnant is suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Kathleen Quinlan, who taught first grade at a Catholic school in Kettering in suburban Dayton, said she was told to resign or be fired on the same day she told the school's principal that she was expecting. She said she had offered to take a behind-the-scenes job until she gave birth.

Quinlan, of Dayton, who later had twin girls, said in her lawsuit that she was given three days to clear out her classroom.

A termination letter said she was fired for violating a section of her employment contract that requires employees to "comply with and act consistently in accordance with the stated philosophy and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church."

Her attorney said that as a non-ministerial employee, she should not have been subject to a morality clause.

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