Attorney: School fires woman for premarital sex, then offers her partner a job
CNN News , KGTV
6:19 PM, Feb 18, 2013
5:31 AM, Feb 19, 2013
SAN DIEGO - A woman who was fired from San Diego Christian College is now suing the school.
Teri James alleges she lost her job because she had premarital sex.
"I feel like what San Diego Christian College did to me was hurtful and un-Christ like," James said. "I was unmarried, pregnant and they took away my livelihood."
James is six months pregnant. Up until four months ago, she was a financial aid specialist at San Diego Christian College in El Cajon. That is until her high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred says the university learned she was pregnant.
"The HR director indicated that she as not being fired because she was pregnant," Allred said. "Instead, she was being terminated because she had pre-marital sex."
To add salt to the wound, Allred said James' then-boyfriend, who is now her husband, received completely different treatment from the school. He was offered a job even though the school knew he was James' boyfriend and a father to be, Allred said.
Now, they're filing a gender discrimination lawsuit against the school.
While the school declined an on-camera interview, they said a community covenant contract all job candidates must sign before they're hired spells out that "sexually immoral behavior including premarital sex, adultery, pornography, and homosexuality" are not allowed. Students must also sign it and had mixed reactions about James' firing.
"I don't want to say," student Cassidy Martin said. "She deserved it because that's kind of harsh, but I mean, I know what the rules are so I know also the consequences."
But fellow student Ashley Jarosin disagrees.
"Everyone sins in life and we all make mistakes," Jarosin said. "I think they should at least give her another chance."