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Wrongful termination claim against yoga company

State and federal employment laws and legal protections are available to protect employees placed in vulnerable situations. A lawsuit for wrongful termination was recently brought in Los Angeles by a teaching recruiter for a popular system of yoga. The woman is suing the Bikram Yoga company and the yoga system's founder for wrongful termination, asserting that Bikram Choudhury called her a failure and noted he should have fired her previously. Choudhury has been the subject of multiple sexual harassment lawsuits by former employees.

The woman asserts the actual reason she was fired was because she became pregnant and in retaliation for raising concerns regarding alleged misleading registration information related to a training session. The woman is seeking damages for the alleged wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination. According to the lawsuit, the woman was employed by the company as an instructor and a teacher-training recruiter and coordinator from 2010 to August of 2015. She increased the teacher-training registrations from 300 to 400 until sexual harassment lawsuits caused the number to decline.

While managing the registration for a teacher training, the woman said she signed up registrants but refused to collect payments after she became aware of some venue and location changes not disclosed and not clearly decided upon. The woman also took a few days off in the summer related to her pregnancy and learned that a replacement had been hired for her position. Choudhury fired the woman and her husband and had police called to remove them from the premises.

Ordinarily, employers may fire employees at their discretion. However, under some circumstances, an employee termination may violate state and federal laws. Employees may be victims of wrongful termination if fired in violation of anti-discrimination laws; if fired in retaliation for the employee filing a complaint against the employer; if fired for refusing to do something illegal; and if fired as a form of sexual harassment or in some additional types of circumstances. Because of the serious nature of wrongful termination, it is important that employees in that situation are familiar with their rights and the legal protections available to them.

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

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