A woman claims she was fired for having premarital sex by a Christian college in San Diego, California.
Teri James has since filed a lawsuit against San Diego Christian College in El Cajon claiming wrongful termination.
She admits that she became pregnant through having premarital sex, and has claimed that this was the reason the Christian college dismissed her. James has now hired high profile attorney, Gloria Allred, to argue her case against SDCC, according to KGTV.
In November 2012, Allred became the attorney for Natalie Khawan, twin sister to Jill Kelley in the General David Petraeus scandal, during her custody dispute for her son.
James has claimed that she was told by the human resources director at the college that she was not being fired for being pregnant, but instead for engaging in premarital sex. She claims she was given two options; quit or be fired.
Allred has made clear these allegations, telling media sources: "The HR director indicated that she was not being fired because she was pregnant. Instead, she was being terminated because she had premarital sex."
James was reportedly fired from the Christian college four months ago, where she had been employed as a financial aid specialist.
She claims that her employers were satisfied with her work until they learned of her pregnancy out of wedlock.
Do the words *morals clause* ring a bell?
Any professional employee (non-salaried employees in particular) at a religious institution (and a college affiliated with a religion certainly qualifies) will have such a clause in their contracts - sex resulting in pregnancy while not married is a major no-no. (An employee of a public-school district in ANY part of the United States could easily be let go for the same reason.)
It's a straightforward contract violation. No less - but no more, either.
I'm pretty sure people have been fired for similar reason in "reasonable countries". It's just that those cases aren't reported as news.
Likely not. Religious institutions that are NOT affiliated with the Democratic Party in the United States are nearly always judged differently than those that are - and especially by the press.
Is the religion of the college in question one that is seen as *evangelical*?