Charles Perkins and Edward Williams, both African-Americans, filed their suit against 3705 Iberville LLC, who at the time were doing business as
The Blind Pelican, a popular seafood restaurant located in the city.Perkins and Williams both worked for The Blind Pelican as oyster shuckers, and allege that during their employment they were subjected to deprivation of rights and privileges, physical, mental, and emotional pain. Also named in the suit is Steven Seeber, who the plaintiffs claim used racial slurs, yelled at them, and called them derogatory names in front of the staff and restaurant.
Our clients also allege that Seeber discriminated and retaliated against them, terminating their employment on January 24th of last year. Both clients claim they were not paid their final paycheck, and that 3705 Iberville LLC has caused them to suffer from lost wages, salary, commissions, and benefits.
Mr. Perkins and Mr. Williams requested a trial by jury with the intent of seeking declaration that the defendants, both Seeber and 3705 Iberville LLC, are in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts. The suit requested permanent restraining of the violations, financial compensation for all damages suffered, attorney’s fees, and any and all other forms of relief that may be deemed appropriate.
Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits
Workplace discrimination is an unfortunate practice that still exists in many places, and even more unfortunate is the number of people who are afraid to come forward out of fear of retaliation. However, Louisiana law also includes protections for those who come forward with harassment or discrimination lawsuits, protecting you from any negative consequences as a result of your complaint or participation in an investigation.
Workplace discrimination can occur for a number of sources, including:
- Race or country of origin
- Sexual orientation
If you feel as though you have been unfairly treated by an employer for any of these reasons, you should not hesitate to bring your concerns to
a New Orleans employment lawyer as soon as possible. The Chopin Law Firm, LLC has helped numerous clients with their employment issues through our more than 50 years of experience, including the likes of Mr. Perkins and Mr. Williams. We recognize the importance of protecting your rights as an employee, and will work hard to hold those who discriminate against you accountable for their actions. We understand how much your job means to you, and we work to help you protect it by obtaining the best possible outcome to your case.
Call the Chopin Law Firm, LLC today at (504) 475-2429 and review your case, starting with a free initial consultation!