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Former Teacher Wins Federal Lawsuit Against Diocese
Saturday Dec 20, 2014 8:42am
(FORT WAYNE) - In a case that has drawn national media attention, a jury in a Fort Wayne federal courtroom ruled in favor of former teacher on Friday and dealt the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend a major legal defeat.
The ruling in favor of Emily Herx came after a four day trial. The jury determined that the diocese discriminated against Herx when she was fired for trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization.
Herx was teaching at St. Vincent de Paul School when her contract was not renewed.
WPTA-TV reports the jury awarded Herx $1.75 million in damages for emotional and physical hardships, $125,000 for medical care costs and $75,000 in lost wages.
The diocese plans to appeal the verdict through the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.