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Former Yoga Studio employee files a wrongful termination lawsuit

After refusing to comply with an alleged unscrupulous scheme to steal money from clients, a former teacher-recruiter for a California Bikram Yoga studio claims she was fired. The plaintiff also believes that she faced adverse employment actions because she became pregnant. She has filed a claim against the firm and its owner in a Superior Court for wrongful termination.

The plaintiff initially was hired on as a yoga instructor but later became a coordinator and teacher recruiter. She claims that she was good at her job and was able to increase the number of people who signed up to attend training sessions by 100 people and maintained that number. After a number of sexual assault charges were brought forward, however, the amount of registrants dropped.

The woman was responsible for coordinating a training session that was scheduled in late 2014 that could cost up to $16,600 per room. After 36 people had already paid, her supervisor's assistant told her that the training would be cancelled, but, ultimately, it was moved to an undisclosed location. She claims she was instructed to keep the location private but continue taking the fees. The plaintiff refused to take money until the location was revealed, but she still continued to process registrations.

After the plaintiff became pregnant, her doctor instructed her to take some time off, but during her absence, the defendant had apparently already hired someone to replace her. Once she had returned to work, her boss allegedly told her that he should have gotten rid of her years ago and then proceeded to fire her as well as her husband. The California woman is suing for wrongful termination, discrimination related to her pregnancy and retaliation.

Source:, "Former recruiter for Bikram Yoga sues for wrongful termination", Alexander Nguyen, Nov. 16, 2015

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