The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, whose Bishop Eddie Long is currently the target of four lawsuits by men who each claim Long coerced them to have sex with him, is also being sued by a former employee for sexual harassment and retaliation.
Tama Colson, who worked for New Birth for a number of years as a Duplication Manager, claims that a supervisor, Michael Ceaser, showed her a picture on his cellphone of his penis. Colson was horrified and asked Ceaser, “what the hell is your problem.” Ceaser allegedly simply grinned and walked away.
According to the lawsuit, Colson reported the incident to Patrick Simmons, who she believed to be the Director of Security at New Birth. “Simmons advised [Colson] that Ceaser had engaged in improper behavior with other women at New Birth, and that the church’s leadership did not discipline Ceaser for his improper behavior but ran the women out of the church. Plaintiff was afraid that this would happen again.'”
Colson claims that Ceaser’s previous troublesome behavior with other women included “sending at least one other woman a picture of his penis, slapping the bottoms of women working in his department and using church video equipment to record his sexual encounters.”
After complaining about the harassment, Colson alleges that Ceaser created a hostile work enviornment for her and retaliated against her by demoting her to a secretarial position.