Vimbai Chikomo Nov. 25, 2015, 1:36pm


NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana woman is suing her employer over alleged claims of gender discrimination.

Yalile Leal filed a lawsuit Nov. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., citing a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

According to the claim, Leal worked as an employee for Wal-Mart between 1999 and 2013, during which she held a variety of positions. Leal alleges that during her time with the company, she pursued management positions and was repeatedly overlooked. She further claims that management positions that her employer told her were not available frequently went to her male co-workers.

In addition, the lawsuit claims that Leal's attempts to pursue further training and experience were scoffed at and ignored, allegedly resulting in loss of income, mental anguish, humiliation, and other damages.

Leal is suing for damages of more than $75,000, plus court costs. She is being represented by James H. Kaster, Matthew H. Morgan, Jason Hungerford and Kate A. Fisher of Nichols Kaster, PLLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and J. Arthur Smith III of Smith Law Firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District number 2:15-cv-05768.

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