October 9, 2012
Racial Discrimination By Billy Graham Evangelistic Association? Judge Says No
Jury finds no racial motivation in case of former BGEA employee who lost her job.
A North Carolina federal district court has found that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) did not discriminate against Kimberly McCallum, formerly the only African-American employee in the group's Global Ministries office, in terminating her employment as an administrative assistant.
The court held that the BGEA's ministerial exception claim was inapplicable because McCallum's position was administrative, not pastoral. However, the court also dismissed McCallum's Title VII discrimination claim, finding no racial motivation in the BGEA's dismissal.
McCallum sued the BGEA after her position as an administrative assistant was eliminated. She claimed that the BGEA fired her in 2007 after she complained that African-American churches were not receiving equal invitation to participate in BGEA programming.
CT previously reported an earlier ruling in the case in 2011, which found that the discrimination case could continue.