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Archdiocese expected to appeal Ohio teacher case

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 7:01pm  ET

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is expected to appeal a verdict that it discriminated against a computer teacher who was fired after becoming pregnant via artificial insemination.

The attorney for the archdiocese, Steven Goodin, maintains that Christa Dias (DYE'-us) violated the contract she signed pledging to uphold Catholic teachings, and that she was a ministerial employee -- an argument rejected by the jury.

The Supreme Court has said religious groups can dismiss ministerial employees without government interference. But Case Western University law professor Jessie Hill says the Supreme Court has left "uncertainty about who is and who isn't a ministerial employee."

Goodin said he thinks the verdict could result in churches and religious organizations making their contracts "lock in" employees so specifically that it could be "hard to bring these types of lawsuits in the future."

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236-a-12-(Steven Goodin, attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in AP interview)-"agrees with us"-Steven Goodin, attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, says higher courts could rule that the fired teacher was a ministerial employee. (4 Jun 2013)

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238-a-15-(Steven Goodin, attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in AP interview)-"the expectations are"-Steven Goodin, attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, says contracts for religious school teachers are likely to specify that they're ministerial employees. (4 Jun 2013)

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237-a-15-(Steven Goodin, attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in AP interview)-"can't happen again"-Steven Goodin, attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, says the jury's verdict will result in tighter teacher contracts. (4 Jun 2013)

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239-a-07-(Robert Klingler, attorney for fired teacher Christa Dias (DYE'-us), in AP interview)-"thing to do"-Robert Klingler, attorney for fired teacher Christa Dias, says he's aware the verdict may be challenged. (4 Jun 2013)

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