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Friday, April 27, 2012

Ind. Courts - More on "Teacher Fired After Receiving Fertility Treatments"

Updating this ILB entry from April 25th, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, in its "First Take" column today, reports:

The Hoagland woman whose lawsuit against the local Catholic Diocese is making national news was on “The Today Show” this morning, and Today correspondent Katy Tur appeared from Fort Wayne with some local scenes in the background.

Emily Herx seemed poised and somewhat demure as she discussed her love of teaching and surprise over being fired. Herx sometimes deferred to her attorney, Kathleen Delaney, who appeared with her along with Brian Herx, Emily’s husband.

Tur stood in front of the Federal Building on Harrison Street, and she also showed footage of Herx’ former school, St. Vincent de Paul.

Herx is a sympathetic figure in this case and certainly does not appear to be someone who would commit “an intrinsic evil,” as Bishop Kevin Rhoades has described in vitro fertilization.

Delaney’s comments suggest the legal case may well be complex. The Supreme Court early this year ruled against a Lutheran school teacher who claimed she was the victim of workplace discrimination, giving the religious school a “ministerial exception” to discrimination laws. But, as Delaney noted, the teacher was ordained as a minister and taught religious classes and performed “important religious functions.” Herx, on the other hand, taught English.

Here is the 6:43 minute segment from yesterday's Today Show, titled "Catholic school teacher says she was fired over fertility treatments." The actual interview begins about 2:56 minutes in.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 27, 2012 09:38 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts