Company founded by evangelical radio star Dave Ramsey is being sued by an employee who says she was fired for being pregnant – but the company claims she was started up for having sex before marriage, which violates their policy of ‘fair life’
- Caitlin O’Connor was fired from Ramsey Solutions last June after telling bosses she was pregnant
- She filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming she was the victim of gender discrimination
- But Ramsey Solutions has hit back, saying O’Connor was fired for having premarital sex
- O’Connor – who was not married at the time she became pregnant – is one of nine employees the company started for having sex
- The media and events company – founded by evangelical Dave Ramsey – has a ‘just living’ policy that requires employees to practice Christian behavior
A woman claims she was fired from evangelical radio star Dave Ramsey’s company for becoming pregnant.
Former administrative assistant Caitlin O’Connor filed a federal lawsuit against Tennessee’s Ramsey Solutions late last year, alleging that bosses gave her the boat when she told them she was pregnant.
O’Connor claims her dismissal is a violation of the Family Medical Leave Act and says she was discriminated against because of her gender.
But in a motion to dismiss the case, Ramsey Solutions now says O’Connor was actually fired for having premarital sex.
Ramsey Solutions – a media and events company – says they have laid off at least eight other employees for premarital sex since 2015. Sex outside of marriage is a violation of the company’s ‘core values’.
Five of those that ended have been me. Thus, the company claims that O’Connor was not discriminated against in any way for being a woman.
O’Connor was not married to her partner at the time she announced her pregnancy, meaning she accidentally admitted having sex outside of marriage.
Tennessee is an at-will state, which means that private companies can fire employees for reasons not protected by law.
A woman claims she was fired from evangelical radio star Dave Ramsey’s company for becoming pregnant. Ramsey’s cases hit back, saying she got booted for having premarital sex – a violation of its values
Caitlin O’Connor filed a federal lawsuit against Tennessee’s Ramsey Solutions late last year, alleging bosses gave her the boat when she told them she was pregnant last June.
According to a report in The TennesseanRamsey has a list of 14 core values that he has described as ‘living righteously’.
According to the Ramsey Solutions motion, the company “does not maintain an exhaustive list of behaviors that may lead to staff discipline because” it is neither practical nor required. ”
The company’s handbook simply states, “Should a team member exhibit behavior that is inconsistent with traditional Judeo-Christian values or teachings, it would damage the image and value of our goodwill and brand.
“If this happens, the team member can be reviewed, suspended or fired.”
O’Connor argues that the fact that the corporate handbook does not explicitly prohibit premarital sex is crucial.
She says her interpretation of Christianity does not exclude sex outside of marriage.
O’Connor says she believes that “Christianity should not be punitive, hateful, vengeful, or judgmental” and that it “does not give the right to invade people’s private lives.”
According to a report in The Tennessean, Ramsey has a list of 14 core values that he described as ‘living righteously’
Meanwhile, a lawyer told The Tennessean that termination for premarital sex can, in fact, still discriminate against women, as male employees can more easily hide such activities.
It will become more evident when a woman has premarital sex than a man [if she falls pregnant]’said the professor.
Ramsey Solutions is based in the city of Franklin and has hundreds of employees.
The company made headlines last year when it hosted a maskless indoor Christmas party despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ramsey – who has a popular syndicated radio show – has expressed skepticism about the seriousness of the coronavirus.
Ramsey Solutions is based in the city of Franklin and has hundreds of employees