NEW ORLEANS — A Lafayette Parish man originally from Ghana is suing an international oilfield service company, alleging a hostile work environment and racial discrimination.
Raymond K. Abbiw filed a lawsuit Jan. 23 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Frank's International LLC, alleging discrimination on account of his race and national origin and violation of the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Law.
According to the complaint, Abbiw suffered loss of earnings and benefits, lost employment, damage to his reputation, mental pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, embarrassment and humiliation due to the actions of the defendant. The plaintiff alleges Frank's International created a hostile working environment based on race and national origin, discriminated against Abbiw and terminated him Sept. 13, 2013, in retaliation for participating in a protected activity. The suit says the defendant negligently hired and supervised its employees.
Abbiw seeks a declaration the acts and practices are in violation of civil rights law, injunctive and equitable relief, compensation for punitive damages, lost pay and benefits, attorney fees and costs, prejudgment interest and any relief the court deems proper. He is represented by attorney Victor R. Farrugia of Farrugia Law Firm LLC in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 6:16-cv-00501