Gloria Allred: Unmarried Moms Trump Conservative Employers

Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 09:51 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Noted civil-rights lawyer Gloria Allred says a woman's right to have a child out of wedlock transcends a conservative employer's right to fire them, despite any contract.

"A woman has a right to choose to make choices about her reproductive rights," Allred told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"It's not as if she were a priest — which of course she couldn't be because women are excluded on account of their gender from being priests — so no, there has to be a balance."

Allred's comments came following a court ruling that a Roman Catholic archdiocese in Ohio pay $200,000 to a teacher fired after undergoing artificial insemination and breaching a contract that employees must follow Catholic principles.

"We do have laws that prohibit this type of form of discrimination and I'm very glad that she stood up for herself and decided to assert and vindicate her right," Allred said.

Allred said the assertion that an employer is following religious principles is not enough to give it the power to fire in the case of pregnancy.

"If they're a business, then they can't discriminate, if they're a religious entity, there may be some ways that the law allows them to discriminate. But it's going to have to be very, very narrowly tailored," she said.

"We do live in a country of laws and certainly businesses are subjected to those laws. There are certain exceptions for purely religious organizations, but they just can't have it both ways and any ambiguity is going to be resolved in favor of the plaintiff."

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