Michael Abella Aug. 10, 2016, 12:40pm


BATON ROUGE — An African-American Louisiana man is suing Exxon Mobil, alleging racial discrimination. 

Sam Louis III of West Baton Rouge Parish filed a lawsuit July 31 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against Exxon Mobil Corporation and Exxon Mobil Baton Rouge Plastic Plant, alleging violation of the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law.

According to the complaint, Louis was denied a transfer and training opportunities due to his race and was terminated April 12, due to his alleged conduct. As a result, the suit says, Louis has suffered lost wages and fringe benefits, mental and emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants subjected him to discriminatory actions, treated him disparately and repeatedly denied his request for training opportunities to receive promotions and advancement in the company.

Louis seeks a trial by jury, judgment against the defendants for reasonable sums, plus all legal costs and legal interest. He is represented by attorneys J. Arthur Smith III and J. Murphy DeLaune of Smith Law Firm in Baton Rouge.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:16-cv-00503

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