Hispanic worker filed racial discrimination lawsuit against Baton Rouge company

Michelle Keahey Dec. 4, 2012, 7:48am


NEW ORLEANS - A Hispanic worker has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a Baton Rouge company claiming it allowed a racially hostile work environment and not did treat him equal to non-Hispanics.

Hector A. Santos filed suit against J. W. Grand Inc. on Nov. 7 in federal court in New Orleans.

Santos, who is of El Salvadoran origin, began working for the defendant in 2009. According to the lawsuit, Santos was forced to terminate his employment due to "intolerable and harassing comments because of his race/national origin" and because of the complaints of racism.

"The discrimination and harassment were constant, daily and vulgar from the date of employment until date of departure," the lawsuit states.

The defendant is accused of discrimination based on Santos' race and national origin by failing to employ, promote, pay and treat him equal to non-Hispanics, repeatedly making suggestions that he should return to his native country and for repeatedly calling him derogatory names, and encouraging an environment that promotes discrimination and harassment.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for back pay, medical expenses, emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, reduction in the standard of live, strain of his relationship with the members of the immediate family, lowered self-esteem, humiliation, attorney's fees, court costs, punitive damages, and interest.

Santos is represented by Cesar R. Burgos, Robert B. Evans III, Gabriel O. Mondino, and Robert J. Daigre of Burgos & Evans in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02706

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