The Louisiana Record Jul. 19, 2016, 3:32pm


NEW ORLEANS — A Mississippi husband and wife are suing a Louisiana trucking business,alleging pregnancy discrimination.

Melissa Sinclair and William "Dixon'' Sinclair of Summit, Mississippi, filed a lawsuit June 29 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against ACME Truck Line Inc. of Gretna, Louisiana, and Elizabeth Greer, alleging violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

According to the complaint, Melissa Sinclair was laid off from work because of her pregnancy and upcoming birth of a child. The suit says the Sinclairs were also harmed in the form of lost wages, damage to credit reports and emotional distress.  

The plaintiffs allege the defendants engaged in a systematic and continuous discriminatory and retaliatory actions and failed to pay Melissa Sinclair any wages for all the hours she worked.

The Sinclairs seek trial by jury, lost wages and fringe benefits, punitive damages, attorney fees, expenses, legal costs, and all other relief the court deems necessary and proper. They are represented by attorneys Christopher L. Coffin of Pendley, Baudin & Coffin LLP in New Orleans, David H. Grounds of Johnson Becker PLLC in St. Paul, Minnesota, and by David Ratner of New York City.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-12152

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