A Pennsylvania woman says she was fired from her job as a teacher at a Catholic high school after becoming pregnant while unmarried.

Naiad Reich told ABC-affiliate WNEP 16 that she was abruptly fired after telling the principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School that she was pregnant.

"It was very apparent that she was not happy with the circumstances,” Reich said. “Of course, her problem was Catholic morals.”

Reich, who worked at the school for two years, is expecting a child with her boyfriend, who she has no plans to marry.


“I’m extremely excited," Reich’s boyfriend, Matt Graboski, said. "It's one of the most rewarding things you can possibly go through."

The Diocese of Harrisburg, which oversees the school, told WNEP 16 in a statement that it cannot comment on personnel matters, but said that employees agree to abide by the teachings of the church.

“As outlined in our policies, every professional employee agrees to follow the teachings, doctrine, and laws of the Catholic Church as part of the hiring process,” the Dioceses said.

Reich told the station that while she does not “agree” with the school’s decision, she does “understand” it. Reich so far has no plans to fight the decision.

“This is their beliefs and their moral code and what they live by and I understand that,” she said.