HR Practitioner’s Corner – Pregnant Woman Allegedly Fired For Premarital Sex

This one is interesting – according to this story, she did sign a contract that said that she would not engage in “sexually immoral behavior including premarital sex.” But then they offered her position to her finance — the father of her baby. Seems to be a bit of a double standard — but I’m not sure that I have all the facts yet. If you were the manager of HR manager for this school (note its in California) what would have done and why? How do you take into consideration facts such as: the type of school, the state that its in, the contract, and the fiance (now husband)?

What do you think and/or what things do you consider?

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A former employee at a Christian college has enlisted the help of high-profile attorney Gloria Allred to sue a California school that allegedly fired her for engaging in premarital sex, NBC’s “Today” reports. In a bizarre twist, the school reportedly went on to offer the pregnant woman’s job to her then-fiance.

Teri James, 29, told the news outlet that she did sign a two-page contract with San Diego Christian College that included a provision agreeing not to engage in “sexually immoral behavior including premarital sex.”

“I needed a job in this economy and so I never thought that anything would happen,” James explained to “Today.”

But James said she was humiliated after being pulled into her supervisor’s office last fall, where she was asked if she was pregnant and then was let go. After James lost her job, she claims the school offered a position to her now-husband, even though they were aware he’d had sex before getting married, too.

During a news conference featured in a KTLA report, James said she felt she was treated unfairly.

via Teri James, Pregnant Woman Allegedly Fired For Premarital Sex, Sues Christian School.



  1. Wow, this seems pretty unfair! That had a right to fire her, but then they hired her fiance who had also engaged in the same behavior. How bizarre.

    1. Agreed. I think it was a poor decision on all levels both HR and management. I was totally on their side UNTIL their hired her fiance, now husband. Its a poor double standard. I know that many things in life are not “fair” — but this one just seems not right. Anyhoo, just my two cents.

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