African-American chaplain sues for racial discrimination

Michelle Keahey Nov. 15, 2012, 10:46am

NEW ORLEANS - An African-American chaplain has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against a hospice healthcare provider claiming that he was terminated and replaced by a white chaplain.

Douglas A. Pierre filed suit against Journey Hospice Healthcare on Nov. 2 in federal court in New Orleans.

Pierre, an African-American, was hired as a full-time chaplain from April 2006 to July 2009. Prior to his termination, the defendant hired a white chaplain, which Pierre trained.

According to the lawsuit, the EEOC determined that a violation had occurred.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for mental and emotional distress, psychological damages, loss of self-esteem, loss of freedom of movement and security, compensatory damages, loss of wages and employment, physical pain and suffering, punitive damages, attorney fees, and court costs.

Pierre is represented by Lafayette attorney Monica V. Bowers. A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 2:12-cv-02675

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