Christian School Fires Teacher for Pre-Marital Sex, Offers to Hire Her Boyfriend


A teacher in San Diego is suing the Christian college where she worked after they fired her after she became pregnant. Had Teri James not become pregnant, the school never would have found out that she was having sexual intercourse with her boyfriend. Nevertheless, they now claim that pregnancy is key evidence she violated the school’s “moral codes,” which include a ban on premarital sex.

What’s worse, after the school fired the woman, they then offered to hire her boyfriend — who, by most assumptions, must have been engaged in premartial sex, as well:

“I had to go into the office with all of my co-workers and say I’m leaving,” James told NBC’s “Today.” “I never came back so I don’t know what my co-workers thought, but for me, it was humiliating. I felt like I was in trouble.“[...]

In the college’s “community covenant,” employees and students agree to stay away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco. They are also required to abstain from “abusive anger, malice, jealousy, lust, sexually immoral behavior including premarital sex, adultery, pornography and homosexuality,” according to Allred’s statement.

“It does not say that you will be fired if you do not comply,” Allred told “Today.”

There is an inherent discrimination in trying to persecute a woman for having pre-martial sex. Since no man’s body will demonstrate his sexual history in the way a woman’s will, there’s no evidence that could lead a man to being fired for engaging in the same activity a woman does.

But it’s not just humiliating to publicly embarrass a woman for becoming pregnant from sex, it’s also likely illegal under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. That law “prohibit[s] sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.”

Annie-Rose Strasser is a Deputy Managing Editor at Think Progress.

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