ABC News reports Emily Herx, a teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School in Fort Wayne, was terminated last June after asking to take time off to undergo her second round of fertility treatments (IVF).
It wasn’t the time off that bothered this Catholic church. Msgr. John Kuzmich, of the Catholic church, fired her because her attempts to get pregnant this way made her a “grave, immoral sinner” and that her actions could result in a church “scandal”. She appealed his decision to Bishop Kevin Rhoades who upheld the decision, stating, “In vitro fertilization … is an intrinsic evil, which means that no circumstances can justify it.”
Facts about Emily:
- Emily was diagnosed with a medical that prevented her from being able to get pregnant on her own.
- Emily is married.
- Emily received high marks on her performance reviews each year she was there (2003 – 2011).
In January, The Supreme Court ruled that the religious institutions are exempt from discrimination laws in hiring clergymen. Which to me… I mean, she was a teacher, not a clergyman. And that doesn’t seem to apply. The Court never defined clergymen, so it’s up in the how this will play out.
Emily Herx will have her day in court very soon.
As an HR Director, I can say that just becomes something is deemed legal in court, it doesn’t always make it right. In the case of right or wrong, I feel their decision to fire her for wanted to expand her family is very wrong. Your job should not have control over how (or when) you choose to get pregnant.
What do you think?
image credit Emily and Brian Herx via abcnews