It is against Ohio law and federal law to discriminate against pregnant women in the workplace. This means that a woman cannot be fired because she is pregnant. When the woman works for a religious organization, however, this rule may not be so straightforward.
An Ohio woman filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against an area archdiocese and two Catholic schools where she worked as a teacher. The lawsuit came after she was fired from her job at the schools. The lawyer for the defendants stated that the woman was fired for breach of contract; when she was hired she signed a contract agreeing to abide by the teachings of the Catholic Church. The woman’s lawyer, on the other hand, claimed that she was fired because she was an unmarried woman who became pregnant through artificial discrimination. The computer technology teacher, who is not Catholic, said that she did not know that becoming pregnant would violate her employment contract.