Church Fires Teacher Living in Sin
Written By: Becky Yeh | Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2012
An advocate for Christians says a California court ruling in favor of a church's termination of a teacher upholds the right of a religious institution to keep a moral standard.
The Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled that the Red Hill Lutheran Church in Tustin had the right to fire a preschool director for living with her boyfriend while she is unmarried. In upholding a lower-court ruling, the court said the church's decision to fire teacher Sara Henry was acceptable because she violated a church ordinance. The preschool director continued to live with her boyfriend following a failed marriage and had a child out of wedlock. Henry filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the church in 2009.
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