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Wrongful Termination Suit Follows Firing At Christian College

Twenty-nine-year-old Teri James is fighting back against the Christian college she believes wrongfully terminated her after she informed the human resources manager that she was pregnant. El Cajon-based San Diego Christian College gave the unmarried James the ‘opportunity’ to resign or be fired. According to the college, she had broken the lifestyle agreement that she had signed when she began working for the school as a financial aid specialist.

The school requires all employees to act, in their personal lives in a Christian-like manner. James was terminated for breaking her side of the agreement by engaging in premarital sex. According to the school, she was fired because she had sex outside of marriage, not because she was pregnant.

The school requires all employees to act, in their personal lives in a Christian-like manner. James was terminated for breaking her side of the agreement by engaging in premarital sex. According to the school, she was fired because she had sex outside of marriage, not because she was pregnant.

Although James doesn’t argue that getting pregnant outside of marriage was not a violation of the school’s code of conduct, she believes that the school acted contrary to its own teachings in wrongfully terminating her.

“I feel like what San Diego Christian College did to me was hurtful and un-Christlike. [It] did not show any mercy or grace towards me, and acted completely un-Christlike. I was unmarried, pregnant and they took away my livelihood. They made more of a business decision than showing God’s love.” James stated in regards to being fired after telling her employer that she was pregnant.

James had since married and given birth to a baby boy. She is suing the school for wrongful termination and invasion of privacy.

Source: Christian News, “California Woman Sues Christian College After Being Fired For Fornication,” February 16, 2013

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