Jefferson Parish woman claims hostile workplace drove her to seek medical attention

By Carrie Bradon | May 26, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – A Jefferson Parish woman is seeking damages, claiming that her workplace was hostile.

Kathy Perkins filed a lawsuit May 2 against Pel Hughes Printing LLC and John Victor Hughes, individually and in his official capacity as the president of Pel Hughes Printing, in Orleans Parish Civil District Court alleging that she was mistreated in the workplace.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident that took place on the defendant's property. The suit states that the plaintiff was hired by the defendant in February 2006. During the course of her employment, the plaintiff was allegedly treated unfairly by the defendant, including instances in which the defendant insulted her intelligence and eventually resulted in her admitting herself into an outpatient behavioral center for stress and depression. The defendant repeatedly called the plaintiff's disabled daughter while the plaintiff was receiving treatment, claiming that he would terminate the plaintiff's employment. The plaintiff returned to work before she should have, as she feared being unemployed and continued to be bothered by the defendant, the suit claims. The plaintiff's employment was terminated May 2, 2016, by the defendant, and the plaintiff has continued to feel the damages caused by the defendant's threatening and belittling nature.

The defendant is accused of intentional infliction of emotional distress and failing to respect the plaintiff.

The plaintiff seeks all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney fees and all appropriate relief. She is represented by attorney G. Karl Bernard of G. Karl Bernard & Associates LLC in New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division C Judge Sidney H. Cates IV.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court case number 2017-4224.

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