Teri James claimed she was terminated from her position at San Diego Christian College in 2012 after it became known that she was pregnant out of wedlock, according to KNBC-TV. The 29-year-old was a financial specialist at the school and is now married. She and her now-husband, Brandon James, are expecting a child in June.
“I was an unmarried pregnant woman, and they took away my livelihood,” Teri said in a statement. “They stripped me of my dignity and humiliated me. I not only lost my source of income and my health insurance to care for myself and the baby through my pregnancy, but I also lost my career and my community.”
To add insult to injury, San Diego Christian College offered Teri’s position to then-fiance Brandon after terminating her, even though the school was aware that he was the father of Teri’s unborn child.
While it is illegal to terminate a worker in California just because she is pregnant, matters frequently become complicated when they involve contracts between teachers and religious schools. James told NBC’s “Today” show that she signed a contract that included a provision agreeing not to engage in “sexually immoral behavior including premarital sex.” If you believe that you were the victim of pregnancy discrimination, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.
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