Fired pregnant teacher settles with Montana Catholic school

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – A teacher fired from a Catholic school in Montana after an anonymous letter writer said she was unmarried and pregnant has reached a confidential settlement with the school district and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.

Shaela Evenson was fired from Butte Central Catholic Schools in 2014 after the diocese received the letter. Evenson sued, accusing the school district and the diocese of pregnancy discrimination, sex discrimination and breach of contract.

The school and diocese responded that she had breached her contract by going against the religious and moral teachings of the church.

Evenson taught literature and physical education to middle-school students for nine years. She also led classes in prayer and accompanied her class to Mass, which attorneys for the school district said qualified her as a ministerial employee ineligible to make discrimination claims.

After months of negotiations, the sides filed notice Monday that they reached a settlement and they expect to ask a judge to dismiss the case next week.