NEW ORLEANS – A shelf-stocker at a grocery store has filed suit against the store for wrongful termination claiming he was terminated because he requested to be assigned new duties after a work accident caused him to be disabled.

Stanley Jackson filed suit against Rouses’ Enterprises and its insurer in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 22.

The plaintiff claims he injured his finger while performing his duty as an employee of the defendant, which caused him to be disabled in that his ability on the job would be limited.  Jackson claims he told the defendant of his disability and requested he be assigned different duties as an employee to ensure he would not injure his finger further. The plaintiff asserts that the defendant decided to terminate his employment rather than assign him to different duties within the business. Jackson alleges that he did not wish to terminate his employment, but wished to be reassigned due to his disability.

The defendant is accused of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Louisiana Employment Discrimination Laws, The Fair Labor Standards Act as well as intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent supervision, misrepresentation of facts and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The plaintiff is seeking an unknown amount in damages for medical bills, mental anguish, emotional distress, lost wages, loss of pursuit of happiness, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of vested property rights, wrongful termination and attorneys fees.

Stanley Jackson is represented by Pius A. Obioha from the Law Offices of Pius A. Obioha & Associates LLC in New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division A Judge Tiffany G. Chase.

Case no. 2014-07151.

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