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Founder of Bikram Yoga sued for wrongful termination

Category: Discrimination, Wrongful Termination

A former Bikram Yoga teacher recruiter in California filed a wrongful termination complaint against the company and its founder Bikram Choudhury. Before she was fired, the woman worked for Bikram Yoga at its headquarters in West Los Angeles. The plaintiff alleges that she was fired because she was pregnant and because she refused to charge people for a training session that had been suddenly moved from Atlantic City to and undisclosed location in California.

While the plaintiff worked as a teacher recruiter for Bikram Yoga, she helped to recruit 100 new registrants for teacher training. Bikram Yoga had 400 teacher-training registrants until a slew of sexual harassment lawsuits filed against Bikram Choudhury caused many people to leave Bikram Yoga. Before she was fired, the plaintiff was responsible for selling a teacher training session that cost between $12,500 and $16,600.

After the plaintiff took time off work for her pregnancy on the advice of her doctor, she returned to work and found out that she had been replaced. Choudhury reportedly told her that she was a failure because she was not selling enough teacher training sessions. Choudhury then fired the plaintiff’s husband as well and threatened to call the police on the couple.

A person who believes that they were fired from their job due to pregnancy may decide to file a wrongful termination complaint. An attorney might possibly assist a person in this situation to gather evidence that an employer had no legitimate reasons to fire them before learning about a pregnancy.

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