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Court Sides with Fired Fla. School Teacher

ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal appeals court has sided with a fourth-grade teacher who claims she was wrongly fired by the principal of a Florida Christian school after she disclosed that she was pregnant before she got married.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a judge's ruling that found Jarretta Hamilton failed to prove she was treated differently than other employees of Southland Christian School in St. Cloud.

The panel sent it back to court, finding that the "ultimate issue is one for a jury to decide."

Hamilton's attorneys argued she was discriminated against because she was pregnant and her maternity leave was going to be inconvenient for the school.

But attorneys for the school argued that it has the right to fire someone who violates its moral code.


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