Debra Dodd, who is white, says she was fired from her job as secretary at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville after she revealed she married an African American man.
Dodd is suing the all-white church for $500,000 in punitive damages for what she refers to as racial discrimination.
Religious News Service Reports:
Dodd said the church initially “treated me like family,” but that changed after three church leaders saw Dodd and her then-fiance, Michael Hampton, eating together at a Fayetteville restaurant.
“Then suddenly it went downhill. All of the sudden my clothes were not appropriate, I was not doing my job right. People stopped looking at me. They would turn their faces away from me. When my husband and a friend of his visited one week when I sang, there were comments about the ‘colored boys in the back.’”