(ABCNEWS.GO) — A trial was getting underway Tuesday in a Catholic school teacher's lawsuit alleging the Archdiocese of Cincinnati violated anti-discrimination laws by firing her after she became pregnant through artificial insemination.
Opening statements are expected in Christa Dias' (DEYE'-us) federal lawsuit against the archdiocese and two schools. The lawsuit says her 2010 firing violated federal and state laws.
Dias says she was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried and that church policies aren't enforced equally against men and women.
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The archdiocese says she was fired because artificial insemination is immoral and violates church doctrine and a contract requiring all employees to "comply with and act consistently in accordance with the stated philosophy and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church."