NEW ORLEANS – An African-American woman residing in Jefferson Parish alleges she faced discriminatory treatment while working for the state.

Deneen L. Montgomery-Smith filed a complaint on June 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health - Louisiana Center for Records and Statistics, et al alleging that they violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff has been employed with the state since 1989 and has been with the Department of Health since 2002. She alleges that she was transferred without her agreement in 2007 to the Office of Public Health Department of Vital Records after filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Charge and a lawsuit alleging discrimination, retaliation and other counts.

The plaintiff holds Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health - Louisiana Center for Records and Statistics, et al responsible because the defendants allegedly subjected plaintiff adverse employment practices, harassment, denial of promotions and advancement opportunities, retaliation and hostile work environment.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation, for all losses and damages, with legal interest, costs of these proceedings and all general and equitable relief as the court may permit. She is represented by Wanda Anderson Davis of Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan and Dupre LLC in Metairie.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-05564

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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
500 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan & Dupre LLC
3900 North Causeway Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70002

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
1201 North 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Louisiana Center for Records and Statistics
628 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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