New Birth church faces another lawsuit

Former employee says she was sexually harrassed

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LITHONIA, Ga. - A former employee of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church says in a lawsuit that she was sexually harassed there.

The plaintiff, Tama Colson, says in the federal lawsuit that a male supervisor showed her a picture of a male sex organ last October.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, says the man became her supervisor earlier this year and began a "campaign of torment," and that she was demoted when she complained and eventually was fired.

Art Franklin, a spokesman for the church, said in a statement that New Birth requires employees to report abuse within 48 hours and that Colson did not complain until August. He says an investigation has begun.

Long is not named in the lawsuit. He's facing lawsuits by four men who claim he coerced them into sexual relations.

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 10/15/10 - 09:40 am
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So what did the AC cut out of

So what did the AC cut out of this story? The last paragraph says "Long is not named in the lawsuit", but nowhere in the story previously does it mention anyone named Long. Proper style says you use only the last name once a person has already been fully named in a story. This person wasn't...

ohreally
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ohreally 10/15/10 - 09:42 am
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What is really going on

What is really going on inside this so-called church? This is ridiculous.

CarlA
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CarlA 10/15/10 - 09:51 am
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"Art Franklin, a spokesman

"Art Franklin, a spokesman for the church, said in a statement that New Birth requires employees to report abuse within 48 hours and that Colson did not complain until August."

The church's policy of reporting abuse w/in 48 hours is meaningless. If the EEOC finds that the allegations have merit then the church better get out its checkbook, especially if retaliation is involved!

smbga
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smbga 10/15/10 - 10:06 am
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and these are the days of our

and these are the days of our lives,.....As the stomach of Jesus churns

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 10/15/10 - 11:01 am
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From the EEO website, it

From the EEO website, it appears the law only applies to businesses with 15 or more employees and the time limit is 180 days to file a charge:

http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sexual_harassment.cfm

Of course anybody can file a lawsuit in civil court but there's a religious freedom question here. How much can the government control the internal social doings in a church.

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ruudvonbaron 10/15/10 - 11:13 am
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What kind of church requires

What kind of church requires requires employees to report abuse within 48 hours??? Does their deity have a statute of limitations?

Westboro, New Birth.........the religious whackjobs are front and center.

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chello36 10/15/10 - 12:59 pm
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Once again as stated in the

Once again as stated in the Eddie Long story "For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel" Martin Luther~
Double minded leaders in the house of God. They have one foot in the
church door while the other foot is in the Discotheque Lounge~
People have to remember the spirit of God may be in the church but so is the spirit of the evil one~

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