Longtime employee accuses food business of discrimination

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 27, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – A black Orleans Parish woman is suing a foods business, alleging she was a victim of workplace discrimination due to her race.

Iza Clark filed a lawsuit in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court Jan. 6 against Reily Foods Company Inc.,  alleging workplace discrimination.

According to the complaint, Clark is an African-American woman who had been employed by Reily Foods since May 22, 1995. The suit states Clark was repeatedly subjected to discrimination during the course of her employment, including comments about her work ethic. The lawsuit says Clark complained about her negative treatment, but no investigations were made. Finally, on July 21, 2016, the plaintiff, as well as three other African-American employees, were terminated from their employment by Reily Foods, the lawsuit states.

The defendant is accused of discrimination, failure to supervise employees and properly train them, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of Louisiana Civil Code article 2315, 2320, violation of Louisiana Revised Statute 23-3-1 and other actions of negligence.

Clark seeks all reasonable damages for lost wages, medical bills, court costs, attorney fees and all appropriate relief. She is represented by attorneys Myles Steib and Harold E. Cradic III of Gardner & Steib, Attorneys at Law LLC in Metairie.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Melvin Zeno.

The Orleans Parish Civil District Court Case number 17-144.

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