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Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Filed Against Christian College By Gloria Allred

20 Feb

Gloria Allred filed a lawsuit on behalf of Teri James, a pregnant employee who was terminated by San Diego Christian College for engaging in premarital sex.   Rumors began to spread at San the school when James appeared to be pregnant.  James, who was single at the time, met with her supervisor and human resources director and admitted to being pregnant.  The college has a community covenant and student handbook that states Biblical character is highly valued and desired.  The handbook also indicates that the school frowns upon sexually immoral behavior, including premarital sex.

Ms. Allred revealed the basis for suing when she stated:

They can call themselves a Christian college, but they have to comply with the laws of the state of California, which prohibit discrimination on account of gender, marital status and pregnancy, and with the California constitution, which guarantees the right of privacy.

In most states, I would think that Ms. James would have an uphill battle.  For example, I am aware of at least one case in Florida where a young lady who worked for a Christian high school was unable to obtain unemployment benefits after she was terminated for sharing an apartment with her fiancé.  In Florida, it is rare for an employee to be denied unemployment benefits unless the employer can show some form of misconduct.  If she could not win before the unemployment appeals referee, there is no way she would prevail in court arguing gender, marital and pregnancy status, and privacy.  On the other hand, since Ms. James is in California, I would not be surprised if the court ruled in her favor.

 

See: Woman Legally Fired For Living With Boyfriend from 2011

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4 Comments

Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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4 responses to “Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Filed Against Christian College By Gloria Allred

  1. Bob Warren

    February 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Have a Rock & Roll Thursday!

     
  2. Wesley Studemire

    February 21, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Reform is definitely needed world wide!

     
  3. Harold Gardner

    February 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

    An interesting case, but I am sorry that Gloria is involved. That makes it so much more about the hype rather than the law.

     
  4. Rich Bradford

    February 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

    All, thanks for sharing your comment. Harold, I am with you on Gloria Allred’s presence. Seems she is holding a press conference every 3-4 months for one of her new clients. While surfing, I found a similar story also from California ruling in favor of the school: (http://www.sandiegoemploymentlawattorney.com/2011/12/california-court-woman-legally-fired-for-living-with-boyfriend.shtml). Still, there are many many judges in the state and absent a ruling from the California Supreme Court one judge necessarily will not follow the other

     

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