New Orleans hotel sued for racial discrimination by chef's assistant

Michelle Keahey Oct. 6, 2012, 3:51am


NEW ORLEANS - An African American chef's assistant for a New Orleans hotel has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit that claims she was terminated based on her race.

Caroline Jones filed suit against The Columns Hotel Inc. on Sept. 28 in federal court in New Orleans.

Jones worked for the defendant as a cook and chef's assistant from March 2007 to September 2010. According to the lawsuit, her immediate supervisor was an African American chef until March 2010 when the supervisor was replaced by a Caucasian chef. Jones claims that the new chef terminated her from her employment and discriminated against her because of her race.

The defendant is accused of violating Jones' civil rights.

The plaintiff is asking the court to prevent the defendant from further violations of the law and for an award of special damages, punitive damages, back pay, unpaid wages, front pay, and attorney's fees.

Jones is represented by Edward A. Doskey of Doskey Law, P.L.C. in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02391

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