Not for the first time in the past year, a Christian school is in the news for firing a woman who became pregnant out of wedlock.
Teri James says that her boss at San Diego Christian College called her into her office, and asked her, "are you pregnant?"
James was both pregnant and unwed, and was fired because her condition revealed that she had "engaged in activity outside the scope of the Handbook and Community Covenant that does not build up the college's mission," as her termination letter phrased it.
The convenant required her avoid drugs, alcohol, tobacco, "abusive anger, malice, jealousy, lust, sexually immoral behavior including premarital sex, adultery, pornography and homosexuality, evil desires and prejudice based on race, sex or socioeconomic status."
The school added insult to injury by offering her fiance a job after firing her, James alleges, even though officials knew that he had also had premarital sex. He turned down the offer.
James is now suing and has engaged noted lawyer Gloria Allred to help. Allred believes that James has a good legal case because the convenant "does not say that you will be fired if you do not comply."
Can schools fire women for being pregnant while unmarried? Yes they can, if she's broken a school contract to avoid premarital sex, according to Today. But they can't fire her for being pregnant, a fact that muddies the legal waters.