A former chief operating officer for Relentless Church has filed a lawsuit against the church and its pastor, John Gray, for more than $75,000 in unpaid money, continuing a bumpy start to the year.
According to reports, Richard Travis Hayes claims that he as never paid the money owed him after he resigned in December 2019. The lawsuit includes more than $39,000 in unpaid compensation, more than $12,000 unpaid vacation time, and more than $23,000 owed in an offered salary increase in May 2018 per WYFF.
"This is a church and Travis was very thoughtful in bringing this lawsuit," Hayes' attorney, Paul Porter, said. "We did not want to end up in litigation in this situation. We'll be sure to give (Relentless) a fair shake through the discovery process and we're confident in our side but we'll have to prove that to the court, which is what we intend to do," Porter said.
Earlier this month, Redemption Church filed for eviction against The Relentless Church in Greenville, which is headed by Gray.
The eviction came just over a month after they terminated their lease agreement with the megachurch run by Gray and told than to be out by the end of 2019.
Redemption alleges that Relentless breached its lease agreement because it failed to make all payments to cover the costs of the sanctuary and The Imagine Center, the sports and fitness facility operated on the church campus according to Greenville Online.
Gray emailed a statement to the news outlet, denying that payments to Redemption have not been paid.
"We stand behind our original statement and are confident that the payment amounts required under the leases referenced in the complaint have and will continue to be paid," Gray said. "Our efforts at mediation and with wise counsel to present every detail absent of legal have proven fruitless on their end multiple times."