Suit Filed Against W.R. Church for Alleged Illegal Termination
A former nursery worker at a Warner Robins Church is now out of a job. She alleges she was fired because of her life style choices and because of that, she's suing the church in question.
Jessica Atkinson spoke to WGXA through the front door of her Perry, GA home saying, "If you would please contact Paul Sharman. He will speak with you."
We caught up with Paul Sharman on the phone about the lawsuit that was recently filed by Atkinson against Friendship Baptist Church. "Ms. Atkinson was a teacher and a coordinator at the church. She had worked there since 2007. Everything was fine, she had great reviews and her performance was good.” Sharman told WGXA.
"She was called into a meeting in February of 2012 with the senior pastor of the church and one of the church members that was also a head of the personal committed."
It was in that meeting that Atkinson believes her personal life was being judged by church officials. "Basically the pastor started asking her very personal questions about her relationship with here fiancé, including questions about their sex life," Sharman adds.
That meeting was then followed by more meetings and three letters from the Church's personnel committee regarding her lifestyle choices. A final letter on March 28th confirmed her termination.
On October 3, 2012, Atkinson brought action against the church for unlawful employment practices.
“The next step is to serve the suit on the church, even though right now, I am sure they are aware of it,” said Sharman.
We spoke with the Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, Paul Cowles, he says that he won’t feel comfortable speaking on the suit until the church is actually served with the actual legal documents.
WGXA will keep you posted on the latest developments in the lawsuit.