The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association says it never discriminated against a black employee and argues in court papers that the race lawsuit she has filed should be dismissed because of "church autonomy."
Attorneys for the association argued Wednesday that the lawsuit filed by former employee Kimberly McCallum fails to contend that the job she lost remained open or was given to another person. They also said churches have autonomy that bars the courts from interfering in the organization's internal affairs.
McCallum said in her lawsuit she was fired in 2007 after complaining to her superiors that the organization was not reaching out to black churches. Association officials have said they do extensive outreach to include African-American congregations.