NEW ORLEANS – A former bridal manager for a Metairie jewelry store claims she was subjected to racial discrimination and was forced to resign because of it.

Mary Lasseigne filed a complaint on Dec. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Sterling Jewelers Inc., doing business as Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, alleging that the former employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff, who is Caucasian, alleges that in June 12, 2015, she was forced to resign from her employment because of discrimination from the store's general manager. As a result, she alleges has suffered loss of past and future income and benefits, emotional and mental pain and loss of professional reputation. The plaintiff holds Jared Galleria of Jewelry responsible because the defendant allegedly subjected her to racial discrimination, hostile work environment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and retaliation for filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The plaintiff seeks compensatory damages of $2 million, punitive and exemplary damages of $10 million, attorney's fees, costs and disbursement and such other relief as the court deems just and proper. She is represented by Dale E. Williams in Covington.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-16925

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