St. Charles Parish accused of removing minority personnel from management positions

Michelle Keahey Jul. 11, 2011, 3:49am

A recently filed lawsuit accuses St. Charles Parish of attempting to cleanse management of any minority personnel.

After losing his position, Dominic Brown filed suit against St. Charles Parish and St. Charles Parish Civil Service Board on July 4 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the lawsuit, the Parish has a history of discouraging and keeping minorities out of management positions and out of civil service.

Brown states he was falsely charged with stealing dirt and terminated from his position. He was also charged malfeasance in office and a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

"St. Charles Parish and the Civil Service Board of St. Charles Parish have conspired to 'cleanse' St. Charles Parish of minority management personnel and minority civil service personnel based on race," the lawsuit states.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for emotional, mental, psychological and physical harm, loss of income, loss of family and loss of enjoyment of life and punitive damages.

Brown is represented by New Orleans attorney John-Michael Lawrence.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01562

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