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Instructor claims Eugene Christian college fired her over out-of-wedlock pregnancy

Posted: Updated: Aug 05, 2015 04:27 PM

A teacher at a Christian college in Eugene is claiming she was fired this spring after refusing an ultimatum to marry the father of her unborn child or end her relationship with him.

Coty Richardson was an instructor in exercise science at Northwest Christian University since 2011, according to a cached page on the university’s website. She said she became pregnant in early 2015, but did not have immediate plans to marry the child’s father, who lives in Seattle.

Richardson said that she told the school of her pregnancy during the discussions about her employment agreement for the upcoming school year.

She alleges that the dean of faculty, Dr. Dennis Lindsay, told her that having a child out of wedlock while still maintaining a relationship with the child’s father set a bad example for students and was not consistent with the university’s values and mission.

Richardson is suing the school for pregnancy discrimination, marital status discrimination, gender discrimination, and wrongful termination. She is seeking $650,000, and her attorneys have submitted a petition to reinstate her as an instructor.

A letter from her attorney to the dean of faculty outlines their case for seeking reinstatement. 

Richardson's bio page on the university website, which has now been removed, noted that she taught classes in biomechanics, human kinetics, nutrition and other areas of exercise science. She studied at Oregon State University and AT Still University in Missouri.

Fox 12 reached out to NCU, and was told that the school could not make a comment at this time on the matter.

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