Dale E. Williams

A St. Tammany man is suing his former employer for firing him due to disability.

James Briant filed suit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Dec. 5 against Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company, alleging he was told he was being fired due to his disability after he had continuing lingering effects following back surgery.

The plaintiff claims he was considered partially or fully disabled by his disability insurance for 16 months out of the nearly 29 months he was employed with Gulf Coast. The suit asserts Briant still worked at a high level despite his injuries and at the time of his termination he was asking to come back to work full time.

An unspecified amount in damages is being sought to cover loss of income and benefits, pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience, humiliation, reinstatement of pay and associated attorney's fees.

Briant is being represented by Covington-based attorney Dale E. Williams.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Paulette R. Irons.

Case number 2011-12603

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