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.'”