Friday, December 16, 2011

Debra Dodd Fired: Former Secretary At Cumberland Presbyterian Church Says Interracial Marriage Got Her Fired

A white church secretary is suing her former employer, arguing that she was fired for marrying a black man.

Debra Dodd, the former secretary at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Tenn., and the Rev. Tim Smith, pastor of the church, agree on one thing: Most of the members of that congregation are great people.

But from there, their stories diverge.

Dodd has filed a lawsuit for back wages and $500,000 in punitive damages against the church after she was fired for what she says is racial discrimination.

Dodd said the all-white church first embraced her during her two years as secretary -- and then suddenly shunned and subsequently fired her on May 26 after they learned she had married a black man in April.
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Prophet said...

Let justice be served in this matter. Spirituality will heal the wounds in this community but false Christian worshipers will continue to divide the body!

Erin Grant said...

Unbelievable that marriage would be grounds for dismissal. Yet perhaps this reflects a side of church we are unwilling to start conversation about. We cannot continue to support segregation with our songs of praise on a Sunday morning and veil it with the excuse that we just prefer different styles of music.