NEW ORLEANS — An airport safety worker is suing Jeh Johnson, former secretary of the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS), citing alleged denial of equal employment opportunities.

Dana Noakes filed a complaint on Sept. 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, alleging that she failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 8, 2015, she was denied an interview and promotion when DHS told her that she was not qualified because of an on-the-job injury she sustained. The plaintiff holds Johnson responsible because the defendant allegedly regarded her as disabled and retaliated against her for protesting protected actions involving equal employment opportunities.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for damages for loss of promotion, seniority and income, plus interest, attorney fees incurred and other statutory relief as allowed by law. She is represented by Margaret Hammond Jackson of Margaret Hammond Jackson Attorney at Law in Slidell.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-14650

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