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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Southeast Christian Church employee said he wasn't promoted because he's black and over the age of 50. 

Caleb Baker's lawyer filed suit against Southeast Christian Church on Tuesday morning claiming that Baker was wrongfully denied a promotion to be the southwest campus's Technical Director. 

His lawyer said Baker already stepped in as interim Technical Director when there was an opening. The lawsuit alleges when Baker asked why he wasn't promoted, a church official said, "Right now the elders of the church are not ready to accept diversity." 

Baker's lawyer tells WDRB News the job was then given to a younger white man.

"When an employer discriminates against a black person, that employer is pinning the badge of slavery on that person," said Baker's lawyer, Aubrey Wilson. "The church has to answer to a higher power and to the person whose gospel they preach."

Baker and his attorney are suing for lost wages and humiliation.

Southeast Christian Church Executive pastor Tim Hester answered WDRB News' request for comment with this statement:

"Thank you for contacting us. We have no information about or knowledge of any claim against the Church."

Baker is still employed at Southeast Christian Church.

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