A church in Michigan has settled a lawsuit brought against it by a mother who claimed she was shamed by church staff for breastfeeding her baby during a service in 2018.
Mother Amy Marchant, 30, filed a lawsuit against Brighton Nazarene Church in June regarding an incident that happened about a year earlier.
Marchant claims she was told she was being immodest by breastfeeding her infant child while at the church service in June 2018. After voicing her displeasure, she later met with former lead pastor Ben Walls Sr. and was told that her exposure could cause men to “lust and stumble.”
The lawsuit claims that the embarrassment suffered caused Marchant and her family to leave the church.
According to Livingston Daily, the lawsuit was settled on Dec. 2 but it is unclear how much Marchant received as part of the settlement. However, she informed the newspaper that she received less than $25,000.
The settlement requires that the money paid in the settlement be donated to the Livingston County Birth Circle and Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor.
The church issued an apology last year but claimed that Marchant had both breasts exposed and caused others to feel uncomfortable. However, Marchant has denied the claim that both breasts were visible.
According to the Livingston Daily, Marchant accused the church of publishing the remarks to third parties media companies with knowledge of the falsity of the statements and in “reckless disregard of the statements’ truth or falsity.”
Although Pastor Walls Sr. told the media that the church is not against breastfeeding, he stressed that it had three different spaces set aside for those in need of a “private space.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith