Waffle House waitress files age and racial discrimination lawsuit

Michelle Keahey Nov. 7, 2012, 3:31am


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NEW ORLEANS - A former Waffle House waitress has filed an age and racial discrimination lawsuit that claims she was terminated for complaining about the discrimination.

Vikki Tucker filed suit against Waffle House Inc. on Jan. 5, 2012 in St. Bernard Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Oct. 4.

During her employment as a waitress with Waffle House, Tucker claims she was discriminated and harassed based on the basis of her age, gender, and race. She made a complaint with Waffle House by calling a company hotline in December 2010. Her employment was terminated on Dec. 23, 2010, the suit says. In June 2011, she received a letter from the defendant stating that there was sufficient evidence to support some of her allegations.

According to the lawsuit, Tucker claims she was discriminated against because of her age, 58, in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and because of her race, white, in violation of the Race Discrimination in Employment Act.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of compensatory damages including an award of lost wages, front pay, and back pay, an award of damages for harassment, humiliation, emotional distress, mental pain, suffering, loss of quality of life, punitive damages, attorney's fees, court costs, and interest.

Tucker is represented by Keith Couture and Wesley Levesque of Couture & Levesque in Madisonville. A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 2:12-cv-02446

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