Nigerian woman claims discrimination in suit against healthcare center

Michelle Massey Mar. 14, 2011, 9:22am

A Nigerian woman has filed a lawsuit that alleges she lost her job due to age and national origin discrimination.

Claiming violations of her civil rights, Elizabeth B. Williams filed suit against Jefferson Community Health Care Centers Inc. on Feb. 28 in federal court in New Orleans.

The defendant is accused of discrimination against Williams because of her age, 51, Nigerian national original and race.

Williams states she was fired on Oct. 8, 2010 from a position in which she was well suited and qualified. Her employer is also accused of commenting disparagingly upon Williams' accent and for failing to take corrective action for her mistreatment.

"Defendant has acted maliciously or with reckless indifference to plaintiff's rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended and has in fact engaged in a course of premeditated conduct designed to demean, embarrass and humiliate her and to push her from the field of medical administration," states the lawsuit.

The plaintiff is asking for more than $100,000 in damages for back pay and reimbursement for lost pension, social security, embarrassment and humiliation, interest, punitive damages and attorney's fees.

Williams is represented by New Orleans attorney Robert L. Marrero.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Court Martin L.C. Feldman is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00476

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