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Mixed motives for teacher's pregnancy dismissal

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    O'Neill v (1) Governors of St Thomas More RCVA Upper School and (2) Bedfordshire County Council [1994] IT/19967/93 (0 other reports)

An unmarried teacher in a Roman Catholic school, who was dismissed when she became pregnant by a Catholic priest, was not discriminated against on grounds of sex because pregnancy per se was not the reason for her dismissal, rules a Bedford industrial tribunal (Chair: C Tribe) in O'Neill v (1) The Governors of St Thomas More RCVA Upper School and (2) Bedfordshire County Council.

Monika O'Neill was employed as a religious education teacher. When she became pregnant, the headmaster was sympathetic, even though she was not married at the time.