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Jury in fertilization lawsuit finds Indiana diocese discriminated against fired teacher


FORT WAYNE, Indiana — A jury has found that a northern Indiana Roman Catholic diocese discriminated against a teacher when it fired her after church officials learned she was trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization

WANE-TV reports ( ) the jury on Friday ruled Emily Herx was the victim of discrimination when the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend declined to renew her contract at St. Vincent de Paul School. Her attorneys had argued that similarly situated male teachers caught doing things the church views as immoral were allowed to keep their jobs.

The jury awarded Herx $1.75 million for emotional and physical damages, $75,000 for lost wages and $1 in punitive damages.

The diocese plans to file an appeal. The diocese contended she violated the terms of her contract.

Information from: WANE-TV,

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