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Female teacher fired after becoming pregnant. Does this unfairly discriminate against women?

  • Ha ha citing Huffington Post as a credible news source

    Thanks for that, guy. There's really no way to say this isn't discriminating against the teacher, this is dropping the hammer for something completely unrelated to the job? What else do you call that? It's a sad but unfortunately not exactly unheard of practice that is protected behind the shield of blah blah religious stuff so you can't tell us we're wrong, that would be discrimination by gosh!

  • Yes, It's Against The Law

    There are a number of laws protecting women in circumstances that relate to pregnancy. A woman should get maternity leave, but there is a complication to that. A lot of companies are using "part time" and "contracted help" loopholes to get around these laws. There needs to be more regulation protecting the rights of women in the workplace.

    Posted by: rpr
  • The question is if she signed a morality clause in her employment contract.

    If the school has a morality contract clause then this isn't discrimination. However, if the school has a history of turning a "blind eye" to other teachers that have violated the morality clause then yes, this could be a form of discrimination. Morality clauses used to be more common in our educational system. The didn't just apply to church related schools. And they don't just apply to women. An unmarried man who becomes a father would and should be subject to the same termination.

  • Cathy Samford, Texas Teacher, Fired For Out-Of-Wedlock Pregnancy http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/12/cathy-samford-teacher-fired-for-unwed-pregnancy_n_1420986.html

    I love the fact that you left out the details. Cathy Samford was a science teacher and volleyball coach at Heritage Christian Academy in Rockwall, Texas.
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    But Dr. Ron Taylor, the school's headmaster, defended Samford's firing on the grounds that, as a private Christian school, Heritage Christian Academy expects their teachers to be ministers as well as educators and is not subject to the same laws as public schools. Cathy Samford signed a contract with the school that has a “Morals” Clause.
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    The school’s headmaster, Dr. Ron Taylor, told ABC News that “the issue is that Samford is an unmarried mother, and everything the school stands for says and they want their teachers, who are considered to be in the ministry, to model what a Christian man or woman should be”. Taylor further intimated that “[the school] had the feeling that because kids on [Samford’s] volleyball team and kids in her classes knew she was pregnant, her getting married would not change the fact that her behavior was out of wedlock.” The language of ministry is significant, since the Supreme Court recently held in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC that the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment bar suits brought on behalf of ministers against their churches, claiming termination in violation of employment discrimination laws. Samford's attorney contends that the school cannot invoke this ministerial exception for all of its employees just because it is a Christian institution. http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/contractsprof_blog/2012/04/more-on-morals-clauses-.html
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    So, I guess this will be up to the courts; but, I do object to your not explaining all the facts.


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