CINCINNATI (AP) -- A Roman Catholic archdiocese in Ohio has denied discriminating against an unmarried Catholic school teacher who sued the archdiocese saying she was fired because she was pregnant.
The Cincinnati Archdiocese also said in its response filed in federal court Monday that there is no factual basis for Kathleen Quinlan's discrimination claims and her lawsuit should be dismissed.
Quinlan, who taught at a Catholic school in Kettering in suburban Dayton, sued in December saying her firing was discriminatory because males who engage in premarital sex don't face the same consequences.
The archdiocese response says Quinlan violated her contract and a "ministerial exception" doctrine providing constitutional protection of freedom of religion bars her lawsuit.
Her attorney has said Quinlan wasn't a ministerial employee and wasn't subject to a "morality clause."