Ministerial Exception Bars IVF Bias Suit, Diocese Says

Law360, New York (June 22, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT) -- An Indiana diocese on Thursday asked a court to toss a lawsuit brought by a Catholic school teacher who was fired after undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment, arguing that federal discrimination laws provide for a ministerial exception and that if the case were not barred by that exception, then the laws were unconstitutional.

English teacher Emily Herx has alleged that the decision of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and the St. Vincent de Paul School not to renew her contract is in violation of the...
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