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Former teacher to continue lawsuit over pregnancy firing

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An appeals court has ruled to allow a former teacher to continue her lawsuit against a Catholic school in Kenilworth for firing her because she became pregnant while unmarried.

According to court records, Victoria Crisitello was fired from St. Theresa School back in 2014 after telling the principal she was pregnant.

Crisitello later filed a lawsuit claiming she was discriminated against due to her pregnancy and her marital status.

A court previously granted the school's motion to dismiss the lawsuit in November 2016, saying the state Law Against Discrimination includes a "broad exemption for religious institutions."

Crisitello's attorney told NJ.com Tuesday he believes the appeals court did the right thing by overturning the ruling.

School representatives have not responded to requests for comment.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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