SUNBURY — A Northumberland County judge struck down a request for an injunction from former Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School teacher Naiad Reich in a decision signed Friday afternoon.
Reich was fired last year after she became pregnant to her boyfriend and told the school she had no immediate plans to marry. The school cited its morality clause in the teaching contract for grounds of termination.
The injunction requested her position as teacher to be reinstated with the school while the trial continues.
Because the diocese offered to pay Reich her salary for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year and her health insurance would be paid through July 31, Judge Hugh Jones' decision said Reich failed to meet the burden necessary for a preliminary injunction.
"Her claims of immediate and irreparable injury appear to the Court to be both tenuous and speculative. She was not guaranteed employment beyond the 2018-2019 school year and, as such, would not necessarily have health benefits beyond that time for herself or her child," the decision reads.
"The court finds that Plaintiff has failed to establish immediate and irreparable harm under the state test and does so also with respect to her claim under Title VII (of the Civil Rights Act of 1964)."