MONROE – A former employee of the Richland Parish Public Library is suing over allegations of harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination.

Sylvia Cartright filed a lawsuit on March 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Monroe Division against Richland Parish Police Jury, doing business as Richland Parish Public Library, citing discrimination.

According to the complaint, Cartright filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claim against the defendants on Feb. 22, 2011, alleging that she was discriminated against because of her African-American race when she was not offered a promotion in favor of a junior, white co-worker. The plaintiff claims that she began to experience hostile and punitive behavior from her supervisor, causing her to withdraw the EEOC claim in hopes of ending the dispute.

The plaintiff avers that her supervisor continued to harass and humiliate her at work until Dec. 12, 2012, when she was allegedly fired without explanation. Cartright subsequently filed a second EEOC claim on Aug. 29, 2013, for claims of discrimination and wrongful termination.

Cartright seeks punitive damages, compensatory damages, costs and attorney’s fees. She is represented by Moses J. Williams of the Law Office of Moses J. Williams APLC in Tallulah.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Monroe Division Case number 3:16-cv-00306

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