In an employment-at-will state such as Indiana, it can be difficult to hold on to a job. You need to ensure that you give your position your all as if you fail to impress, your employer may simply decide to let you go. However, there are some reasons for which an employer is not permitted to fire you. If these rules are ignored, you may be able to file a wrongful termination lawsuit.
This is exactly what one woman in Indiana did after her employment at a Catholic school was terminated as a result of her choice to undergo in vitro fertilization. The teacher was informed that her use of the procedure meant that her contract would not be renewed.
The court determined that the school had violated Title 7. That is, the school was found to have discriminated against the teacher for pregnancy-related medical conditions. As a result, she was awarded $1.75 million for damages of a physical or emotional nature. She also received $75,000 for lost wages along with a further $125,000 to cover medical expenses. She was also awarded a sum to cover punitive damages.
Sadly, the Diocese stood by its position against IVF. Church teachings refer to the process as evil and hold those who practice it in a similar regard. Unfortunately, beliefs such as this can make it extremely difficult to know what to expect from your employer. Something that may seem like a perfectly reasonable and sensible course of action could still get you into trouble if it conflicts with the ideals of the people you work for.
If you feel you have been unfairly dismissed, you might benefit from the support of an attorney. He or she can evaluate your circumstances and may be able to help you secure the compensation and fair treatment you deserve.
Source: WISHTV, “Jury rules in favor of teacher in discrimination lawsuit,” Dec. 19, 2014