Employee alleges racial discrimination in lawsuit against Jefferson Parish schools

By Carrie Bradon | May 3, 2019

GRETNA – A woman is suing her employer, alleging that she was not paid fairly due to her race.

Raychell J. Richard filed a complaint against Jefferson Parish Public School System on March 20 in the 24th Judicial District Court. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident that began on Oct. 27, 2012, when the plaintiff received correspondence from the defendants offering her two jobs with the starting salary of $65,000. 

The plaintiff alleges that the salary offered was $12,000 less than that of her Caucasian predecessor. The plaintiff did accept the positions but the defendant failed to address the plaintiff's concerns about the salary difference. Eventually, the plaintiff was demoted, which her lawsuit attributes to discrimination. The defendant is accused of racial, age and gender discrimination,

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by G. Karl Bernard in New Orleans. The case has been assigned to Division K Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach.

The 24th Judicial District Court Case number 793315

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