Marketing rep sues after losing job for reporting supervisor's son's alleged harassment

Michelle Keahey Sep. 29, 2012, 3:35am


NEW ORLEANS - A marketing representative has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit that claims she was terminated for reporting the harassing behavior of her supervisor's son.

Jessica Bourgeois filed suit against Matrana's Produce Inc. on Sept. 13 in federal court in New Orleans.

Bourgeois claims she was hired by the defendant in February 2009 to work as a marketing/outside representative. According to the lawsuit, shortly after her hire, Bourgeois' supervisor's son allegedly began sexually harassing her. She made repeated attempts for the behavior to stop and then reported the behavior.

Three days later, on April 27, 2009, she was terminated because of cutbacks in payroll.

The defendant is accused of sexual harassment, subjecting Bourgeois to a hostile working environment and retaliatory discharge.

Bourgeois is seeking damages for back pay, front pay, emotional distress, mental anguish, medical expenses, punitive damages, attorney fees, expert witness fees, interest, and court costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Ravi K. Sangisetty and Kara Hadican Samuels of Sangisetty & Samuels in New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02268

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