Country club manager files discrimination lawsuit

Michelle Keahey Dec. 4, 2011, 2:00am

A country club manager has filed a discrimination lawsuit that claims she was forced to quit after allowing black people to rent out the club facilities.

Rachel Bear filed suit against Oak Knoll Country Club on Nov. 9 in Tangipahoa Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Nov. 29.

Bear was hired by the defendant on June 2007 as a bartender and was promoted to clubhouse manager and event coordinator.

"Due to the constant harassment and threats of being fired due to her opposition of discriminatory practices, plaintiff was forced to quit her job," the lawsuit states.

The defendant is accused of violating Bear's civil rights.

The plaintiff is asking the Court for an award of damages for mental anguish, distress, humiliation, punitive damages, attorney's fees, interest and court costs.

Bear is represented by Gregory Miller of Miller & Hampton in Baton Rouge.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-02938

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