LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — An unmarried couple fired from their jobs as teachers at a Massachusetts Roman Catholic school after revealing that they were expecting a baby have retained an attorney and are pursuing legal action.

Sean Houlihan and Natalie Ferland were fired by Lawrence Catholic Academy last month after revealing their relationship and pregnancy.

School Principal Jorge Hernandez said they were fired for violating their contracts. While not commenting on the case specifically, the Boston Archdiocese said in a statement that teachers sign an agreement saying they will "adhere to the teachings and principles of the Catholic Church."

Attorney Anthony DiFruscia tells The Eagle-Tribune ( ) that the teachers don't want their jobs back, they just want the terminations on their records changed to resignations so they can find other jobs in education.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.),