There are many reasons to get fired—showing up late, not completing assignments, etc...but can you imagine being called into your boss's office and getting told that you're being dismissed for having premarital sex?

That's exactly what happened to 29-year-old Teri James. The former employee at San Diego Christian College is suing the school after alleging that they fired her because she had sex and got pregnant before marrying her then-fiance!

James says that when she was first hired, she signed a contract that included a provision agreeing not to engage in "sexually immoral behavior including premarital sex." Last fall, her supervisor took her aside and asked her if she was pregnant. When she said yes, she was fired on the spot! But according to James, the issue wasn't with her pregnancy--it was with the fact that she was technically unmarried at the time.

To add insult to injury, the school then offered a job to her fiance (now her husband), even though it was clear that he also engaged in premarital sex. Can you believe that?! For obvious reasons, he did not accept the job. And now James is taking action.

She hired famed lawyer Gloria Allred and has filed a lawsuit against the school. "I was unmarried, pregnant, and they took away my livelihood," James told KTLA.

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OK, it's bad enough that this school forces their employees to sign a contract that interferes with their personal life...but I get it, it's a religious institution, yada, yada. But to fire her on the spot and then turn around and offer a job to her fiance? That's hypocrisy at its finest, folks. 

I know he technically hadn't signed the contract for himself yet, but regardless, he clearly doesn't believe in the same standards they do. So if they're as serious about maintaining their morals as they say they are, why would they try to hire him? Is it OK to violate their contract and have premarital sex as long as it's not obvious (like in the form of baby bump)?

I'm just glad that James is standing up for herself. After all, hers is one of multiple recent cases in which females have been hired from religious schools for getting pregnant. It's about time someone call these institutions out and demand better treatment.

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