Fired For Premarital Sex: Christian College Incites Controversy, Legal Battle

by
Owen Poindexter
Teri James was unexpectedly fired from her job as a financial aid officer at San Diego Christian College after answering one simple question: are you pregnant?


San Diego Christian College made a questionable move by firing an employee for premarital sex, and a terrible move by offering the job to the person she had it with. PHOTO: sandiegocolleges.org

Teri James was unexpectedly fired from her job as a financial aid officer at San Diego Christian College after answering one simple question: are you pregnant? She said that she was, and James was fired on the spot.

"I had to leave right after the meeting. I had to go into the office with all of my co-workers and say I'm leaving," James said. "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."

James had signed a contract that stipulated that she would not have premarital sex, but she has enlisted well-known lawyer Gloria Allred, famous for her work on women's and civil rights cases, who may try and argue that the contract is unenforceable: contracts, even when signed with full understanding by both parties, can be deemed void if it makes unreasonable demands. Whether or not abstaining from sex until marriage is "reasonable" will be a fascinating debate for the judge and jury.

However, it's not the only path that James and Allred can take in attacking San Diego Christian College, because the school where James worked for two years made a sexist faux pas shortly after firing James: they offered her job to her fiance.

Did it not occur to them that he was guilty of the exact same act as James herself? Or does premarital sex only count for the woman? Someone help me out here.

The two are now married, but not fast enough for James' Christian employer. How this one plays out is anyone's guess.

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