Former Lourdes Regional teacher Naiad Reich's request to return to the classroom will be heard in Northumberland County Court on March 29.
Reich, a 32-year-old from Coal Township who was fired from the school for being pregnant and unwed, filed an injunction asking to return to work while the courts sort out the legal issues.
The meeting will be held at 10 a.m., according to the Northumberland County court schedule.
Reich, who is being paid her salary by Lourdes Regional, is also receiving health insurance through the end of June, according to Harrisburg Diocese spokeswoman Rachel Bryson.
“Our Lady of Lourdes School and the Diocese of Harrisburg received copies of documents that were filed in the Northumberland County courthouse on Friday afternoon," Bryson said. "Our attorneys will be preparing an appropriate response to these documents.
"As has been previously stated, every professional employee agrees to follow the teachings, doctrine, and laws of the Catholic Church as part of the hiring process, including those policies detailed in the Catholic Identity and Mission section of the Diocesan School Policies and Regulations. These policies can be found on the Diocese’s website. I can also confirm that Ms. Reich is receiving full pay and benefits for the duration of her teaching contract, including health care,” Bryson said.
Reich claims in the injunction she informed Principal Mary Ann Bednar on Nov. 27 that she was pregnant and had planned a child with her significant other, Matt Graboski, in June so that she would not need time off.
Reich claims Bednar said, "Believe me, it's not the time off that's the issue, it's the fact that you are pregnant and not married that is the issue."
Reich wrote a letter to Bishop Ronald Gainer asking him to reconsider his decision of termination.
Gainer responded to Reich saying he would not bring her back to work but he would pay her health care through the end of the pregnancy.
Reich's attorney, Tim Bowers, of Sunbury, said he looks forward to the hearing and hopefully getting Reich back to work.