Thursday, February 20th, 2014
A Utah woman spent more than $550 on t-shirts she says are offensive and “indecent,” taking that action when a store refused to remove the shirts from their display window. More from Newser:
Judy Cox says she was shopping with her teenage son in Orem, Utah County, when she spotted a window display of T-shirts featuring semi-clad models in provocative poses. When the manager declined to remove the display, she coughed up $567 for all the PacSun store’s shirts from its “Visual Heartbreakers” line.
Cox says she’d like to just destroy all 19 shirts, “but I’ll let their corporate office figure out what to do with them when I return them on day 59 of a 60-day return policy,” she tells the Daily Herald. She has been in touch with the city attorney of Orem—which calls itself “Family City USA”—to see whether the store’s display violated the city’s decency code, and says she hopes her efforts will inspire others.
“These shirts clearly cross a boundary that is continually being pushed on our children in images on the Internet, television, and when our families shop in the mall,” she tells the AP.
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Friday, March 1st, 2013
San Diego Christian College fired Teri James last fall after it was discovered that James, who was not married, was pregnant. The school cited its policy against premarital sex in the firing, but James has nevertheless filed a lawsuit in San Diego County superior court, as Today.com reports:
She says she was fired because, as the termination letter included in the suit stated: “Teri engaged in activity outside the scope of the Handbook and Community Covenant that does not build up the college’s mission.”
Speaking by phone with her lawyer, Gloria Allred, James said she felt humiliated.
“I had to leave right after the meeting. I had to go into the office with all of my co-workers and say I’m leaving,” James said. “I never came back so I don’t know what my co-workers thought, but for me, it was humiliating. I felt like I was in trouble.”
Also insulting, James said, was that after firing her, the school offered a job to her then-fiancé – they are now married – even though it was known that he, too, engaged in premarital sex. He did not accept the job, she said.
In filing the suit, James joins a group of women who in recent years have sued the religious schools that fired them for getting pregnant out of wedlock. In each case, the school pointed to moral codes, “community covenants” and handbooks that employees must sign, typically every year, promising to abide by school rules.
Image: Pregnant woman, via Shutterstock
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