A former church housekeeper is accusing Bishop Marvin Winans of firing her because she wasn’t tithing to his Perfecting Church in Detroit.
In 2015 and 2016, LaKaiya Harris worked as a housekeeper at the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, and then at Perfecting Church.Embed from Getty Images
In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Michigan, Harris alleges that Winans demanded that she donate 10 percent of her $18,000-a-year housekeeper’s salary to the church. Winans allegedly did this during a meeting in a conference room in 2017, telling Harris “that it had come to his attention” that she earned $18,000 the year before.
” ‘So you owe us $1,800,’ ” Winans allegedly told Harris, the suit states. “When she stated that she didn’t have the money, he offered to deduct the $1,800 directly from her biweekly paychecks.”
Harris refused, stating she was not going to let the church deduct $1,800 from her paycheck and “complained that her job had already been threatened for not giving ‘birthday money,’ ” the suit states.
Harris said he told her, “Well, that pretty much terminates your employment with us. You can go ahead and proceed with the exit interview.”
Bishop Winans and his Perfecting Church have yet to respond.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][td_block_ad_box spot_id=”sidebar”][/vc_column][/vc_row]