Truck driver files lawsuit claiming discrimination in shift scheduling

Michelle Keahey May 23, 2012, 2:54am

NEW ORLEANS - A truck driver has filed a lawsuit against his employer that claims the company gave more favorable shifts to Caucasian employees.

John Williams filed suit against SAIA Motor Freight Line on May 4 in federal court in New Orleans.

Williams complained to management in August 2011 about the alleged scheduling discrimination. After this complaint, the defendant increased Williams' workload, but cut his work hours. He was suspended one week after he complained of the discrimination.

According to the court documents, he was suspended for leaving a trailer door open while driving, but Williams argues that he is unaware of this action. He was terminated form his position on Aug. 26, 2011, because of his work performance and the trailer door incident.

The defendant is accused of violating Williams' civil rights, racial discrimination, retaliation, and of failing to pay $846 in vacation pay.

The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of damages for back pay, front pay, penalty wages, attorney's fees, punitive damages and emotional distress.

Williams is represented by Christina L. Carroll of Robein, Urann, Spencer, Picard & Cangemi in Metairie. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-01143

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