Pro-Life Woman Settles Case Against County Health Department

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - An Illinois woman who says she was denied a promotion because of her pro-life views has settled her case with the DeKalb County Health Department.

Faith Moncivaiz said she was denied a promotion from a part-time secretarial position to a full-time position in the Dekalb County Health Department because during an interview, she said she did not want to discuss abortion with health department clients.

The American Center for Law and Justice, a public interest law firm, filed suit on Monciavaiz' behalf in May 2003 on the grounds that the health department violated her rights of free speech and freedom of religion.

Monciavaiz said she was protected under the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act, which says the state must "respect and protect the right of conscience of all persons who act contrary to their conscience or conscientious convictions in refusing to obtain, receive, accept, deliver, pay for, or arrange for the payment of health care services and medical care."

The ACLJ said the county has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle Moncivaiz' claims without admitting liability in the case. "As a result of the settlement agreement, the parties agreed that the lawsuit would be dismissed," the ACLJ said in a press release.

"We are pleased to announce that this case has been settled and that the issues that led to the lawsuit have been resolved amicably," said Francis J. Manion, senior counsel of the ACLJ.

"We are committed to protecting pro-life employees who find themselves at odds with job demands that conflict with their deeply held belief that all human life is sacred. Public and private employers need to know that pro-life employees enjoy legal protection under existing federal and state laws."

The American Center for Law and Justice says it specializes in constitutional law and pro-life litigation.

See Earlier Story:
Woman Says Pro-Life View Cost Her A Job Promotion ( May 30, 2003)