The Louisiana Record Jun. 24, 2016, 3:08pm


NEW ORLEANS — An African-American police lieutenant is suing Tulane officials, alleging racial discrimination.

The Administrators of Tulane Educational Fund, Richard Potts and Joseph Goodrow, an administrators and officers, citing alleged discrimination, hostile work environment, negligence and violation of civil rights.

Darrick Dixon of Jefferson Parish filed a lawsuit May 30 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against The Administrators of Tulane Educational Fund, Tulane University police chief Richard Potts and Joseph Goodrow alleging discrimination, hostile work environment, negligence and violation of civil rights. 

According to the complaint, Dixon was repeatedly subjected to racial slurs and epithets, was called gorilla by his co-workers and supervisors and was reassigned to a lesser position at Tulane University. He has suffered physical, mental, emotional injury and pain, humiliation and a damage reputation, the suit says. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to take action on his numerous complaints about his co-workers' offensive behavior, replaced Dixon with a white male with one year of experience compared to Dixon's five, and failed to hold supervisors and managers responsible for the misconduct of their subordinates.

Dixon seeks a trial by jury, compensation for all damages plus interest, attorney fees and costs, and all other relief the court deems proper. He is represented by Eushi H. Phillips of the Law Office of Eushi H. Phillips LLC in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-07393

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