Dismissed Teacher Files Suit

Former Christian school teacher Teri James has filed suit against the San Diego Christian College for firing her because she had premarital sex, reports the Huffington Post.

While James, 29, admits she did sign a contract with a morals clause, she also claims the school turned around and offered a job to her husband, who was himself unmarried at the time and having premarital sex.

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

James states that she was not treated fairly and was greatly humiliated after being summoned by her superior and questioned about being pregnant, then fired when she said yes. “I was unmarried, pregnant and they took away my livelihood,” she said. James has since married.

Cases such as James’ are happening more often as more religious schools demand employees to sign lifestyle contracts. These contracts forbid public alcohol consumption, homosexuality and having sex before marriage.

Teachers sometimes decide to leave their positions rather than to capitulate to such demands.