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Pennsylvania teacher says Catholic school fired her over her pregnancy

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Tuesday, December 4, 2018 4:12 p.m

EDGEWOOD — A Northumberland County woman who is pregnant says she was fired from her teaching job because the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg was upset that she wasn’t married.

Naiad Reich says she has taught at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Edgewood for the past four years, but was fired Friday after informing administrators that she was expecting a child with her significant other. The News-Item reports she was told she was fired Friday because she had no immediate plans to marry her partner.

The 31-year-old woman says she informed school administrator Sister Mary Anne Bednar earlier in the week, who immediately disapproved. Bednar did not respond to requests for comment.

The diocese says it does not comment on personnel matters. Reich says she plans to appeal her firing.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701 or

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