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Former Leesville employee claims racial discrimination

Last Modified: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 10:00 AM

By Lauren Manary / American Press

A former Leesville employee filed suit against the city’s administrator and former mayor last month for wrongful termination on the basis of racial and gender discrimination.

According to the suit, former Parks and Recreation Director Dennis Joiner, who is African-American, alleges he was not given the same employment benefits as his Caucasian colleagues and that his firing was based on race and gender. The suit alleges the city discriminated against him by failing to give him a company cell phone and car when it had done so for other employees. He claims he was also not allowed to interview or hire personnel for his department, and was the only department head required to do physical labor, according to the filing by his attorney.

The suit names Leesville’s City Administrator Courtney Christian and former mayor Robert Rose. Joiner and his attorney are seeking damages for a damaged reputation, racial and sexual discrimination, humiliation and mental anguish, and loss of income due to his termination.

They will also seek court costs and expert fees from the city for the suit.

Joiner was terminated on May 22 after failing to have a municipal pool ready for use on May 24, the day it was scheduled to open. During his tenure, he received two adverse letters for job performance. The first was given to him after theft was reported at the pool and the second was given for not having the pool ready for use on Nov. 23, 2013.

A lawsuit represents only one side of a case.

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