NEW ORLEANS – An African-American man alleges he was not compensated for the work he performed.
Kevin Sterling filed a complaint on Jan. 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against
Sally Jewell, secretary of and the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
citing the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law and the Civil Rights Act.
to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he began employment with
the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement in 2008 as an
inspector and was promoted to higher inspector classifications. The plaintiff holds Jewell, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of
Safety and Environmental Enforcement responsible because the defendants
allegedly subjected him to discriminatory terms and conditions of
employment by preventing him from receiving earned pay increases and
promotion opportunities with the higher classifications. He claims that as
a result of defendant's unlawful actions, plaintiff suffered damages,
including lost wages and benefits, mental anguish, humiliation and
embarrassment, loss of reputation, loss of enjoyment of life and other
foreseeable and unforeseeable damages.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury
and seeks judgment against defendants in an amount reasonable in the
premises, plus interest, costs of these proceedings, attorneys’ fees and
for all general and equitable relief deemed appropriate by the court.
He is represented by G. Karl Bernard of G. Karl Bernard & Associates
PC in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-00742