NEW ORLEANS – A Jefferson Parish man is suing his employer, alleging the defendant caused work-related health issues.

Mark Lavine filed a lawsuit Dec. 7 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide LLC, doing business as LE Meridian New Orleans in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court, alleging negligence.

According to the claim, Lavine was employed by the defendant and worked in the LE Meridian hotel as a security guard. The suit states Lavine was diagnosed with Legionnaires disease after he was admitted to a hospital in January 2016. The suit says the disease was developed through Lavine's exposure to the air conditioning systems of the hotel, and the hotel did not give proper warning or equipment to protect employees.

The defendant is accused of negligently failing to protect the plaintiff or warn of the potential for disease.

Lavine seeks all compensatory damages, court costs and attorney fees. He is represented by attorney John H. Denenea Jr of Sherman-Denenea LLC in New Orleans .

The case has been assigned to Division N Judge Ethel S. Julien.

The Orleans Parish Civil District Court Case number 16-11957.

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