NEW ORLEANS – A St. Tammany Parish firefighter alleges he was discriminated against because of his association with a labor union.
James Dumas filed a complaint on Feb. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against
St. Tammany Parish Fire District No. 3, Patrick Sicard and Scott Lober
alleging that they violated the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he is a member of
International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4950. The suit states
the plaintiff was given a five-day, unpaid suspension in 2016 over
allegations of insubordination. The plaintiff holds St. Tammany Parish
Fire District No. 3, Sicard and Lober responsible because the defendants
allegedly subjected him to discrimination and retaliation for
exercising his right of freedom of association and self-organization and
have deprived and continue to deprive him of his rights, privileges and
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks
compensatory and punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest,
attorney's fees and costs of this action and such other legal and
equitable relief as may be just and proper. He is represented by Philip
Dominique of Oriol & Edler LLC in Covington and Thomas A. Woodley
and T. Reid Coploff of Woodley & McGillivary LLP in Washington, D.C.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-01025