"I just kept repeating that I'm a member of the church," she said.
The board did not post that a bachelor's degree was a requirement for the executive director job in initial newspaper advertisements. They did not give Hudson a job description until she was invited to a follow-up interview, she said, adding that even at the follow-up the board did not specifically ask her if she had a degree.
The Bob Burdette Center is headquartered on West Washington Street and runs after-school programs at various area churches that serve more than 200 children of ages from kindergarten to the 12th grade, according to the original lawsuit.
Former board member Luke Farley testified Thursday that he understood that the board decided to renege on Hudson's offer over the apparent inaccuracies in her résumé, which he said she should have been allowed to explain.
"The other issue was that she was a lesbian," he testified. "[And that] it could be an issue if the face of the organization is a lesbian."
Farley resigned from his post because of how the board treated Hudson.
"I always thought sexuality and religion were things that could coexist," he said.
Hudson said that she found out through another board member that the board's decision to rescind the offer had nothing to do with her qualifications. The board member called Hudson after he resigned.
"He said, 'Jessica, you're gay,'" Hudson testified.
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